Marine energy wiring

UK engineering group, J+S, has been awarded a major contract for the supply of sub-sea connection at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

The company, which employs 120 people at its sites in Barnstaple and Aberdeen, has recently set up a renewable energy team to support its work in naval support and sub-sea asset management.

The contract will be the first for the team, led by general manager, Chris Napier.

Under the agreement, J+S will supply and install sub-sea connections to cables to allow companies testing their wave and tidal energy equipment to gain access to the National Grid.

Managing director, David Jeffries, said: ‘This is a major breakthrough for our company and vindication of our strategy of diversification from our core naval support and oil and gas markets into the rapidly emerging wave and tidal sectors of the marine renewables energy market.’

EMEC managing director, Neil Kermode, added: ‘I am confident that J+S’s many years of experience in marinising in-water electrical connections for naval and oil and gas applications will be successfully developed to provide high-voltage connection capabilities for our sites.’