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Subsea Innovation complete testing on 10th pipeline repair clamp in 9 months

The Clamps form part of an Emergency Pipeline Repair System (EPRS), that are supplied complete with a unique releasable hydraulically activated tensioning system. The spreads also included adaptable installation tools, suitable for the full range of pipeline diameters.


The Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems are being prepared for delivery to some of the largest Oil & Gas projects currently in operation across the globe, as part of six-figure contracts with major international corporations. The Systems will be stored to act as contingency in the event that the pipelines transporting the line contents need to be repaired.

The 10 systems cover pipelines across a range of diameters between: 16" and 44". The successful completion of these projects is significant for the company in establishing itself as a major player in the EPRS arena.

The equipment was designed and manufactured at the company’s headquarters, Innovation House, ideally situated on the Faverdale Industrial Estate near Darlington, with excellent transport links by road, rail and air. The office building and 40,000 ft2 manufacturing facility, originally opened in November 2014 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, boasts world class facilities for a business of this type which includes manufacturing bays serviced by overhead cranes of up to 60 tonnes, on site machining, a PU manufacturing facility and a floodable test pit to provide indoor wet testing of subsea systems.


The designs have been tested to DNV pipeline tolerances at up to 435bar.g and are suitable for operating temperatures ranging from 0 – 1600C. The design and build process has been monitored and certified to the exacting standards of the internationally recognised body DNV,

These clamps have attained Product Certification from DNV and Subsea Innovation is in the process of attaining Type Approval for Emergency Pipeline Repair Clamps from them also. When this scope of work is complete Subsea Innovation will be the only company in the world to hold such type approval for its Repair Clamps.

Managing Director Dave Thompson said "It is a phenomenal achievement to have completed the volume of work to such a high standard in such a short period of time. It is great testament to our staff and our supply chain who have all pulled together to produce some of the largest repair clamps in the world from our North East base"

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