UNITECH OFFSHORE is investing millions on the West Coast of Norway.
UNITECH Offshore is challenging the biggest suppliers of high voltage power cables and umbilicals with groundbreaking production technology.
“A positive deviance for the market,” says founder, inventor, and COB Bernt Hellesøe. “For a long time we have been working with new product designs and manufacturing technology that solves the well-known problems in industry and the market.”
UNITECH’s “Giga Factory” is a floating production line that will be located at Rubbestadneset (Bømlo, Norway) near the new UNITECH Research & Technology Center which is currently under construction. The production technology is partly patented and other patents pending, and the “Giga Factory” has been featured in the June edition of the Norwegian technology magazine, Teknisk Ukeblad. Floating cable tanks allow continuous production of over 4000 tons of cable and can be floated onto modified offshore vessels for rapid mobilization and installation.
“The optimal time for realizing our plans is right now” says Gunnar Birkeland, VP of Business Development. “We continue to experience a strong, increasing demand for UNITECH design and quality, while strategic business partners can now contribute significantly to a highly effective supply chain.”
For over 30 years UNITECH has designed and produced umbilicals and connectors for the Oil & Gas market, but for most companies UNITECH has been working “under the radar.” Even in the middle of a region known for its subsea expertise, it is not well-known that UNITECH Offshore has produced and delivered umbilicals with terminations to the global Oil & Gas industry from Stord, Norway.
Umbilical technology is relatively young but with a great number of installations that are now about 15 years old. Many of these installations were not sufficiently robust in their design, and must now be replaced or risk the disruption of oil & gas production.
Due to a stable oil price, an increasing number of new fields are under construction. In addition, there is a greatly increased need for electrification of marine operations within Oil & Gas, offshore wind and aquaculture.
UNITECH will establish the company UNITECH Umbilical & Cables AS to solidify and cultivate its core business to a major business development undertaking. The company is establishing new production lines; such as a new extrusion line for power conductors and a “Giga” production facility for “endless” long cables, and an exhaustive range of types and sizes of umbilicals. In addition, UNITECH has rebuilt existing production lines for a wider range of special products. As before, cables and umbilicals are delivered as “turnkey” solutions complete with UNITECH connectors, terminations, and auxiliary equipment.
NORCABLE has launched a metallurgic production line for conductors at Karmøy and becomes an important supplier of the world’s cleanest aluminum that will replace traditional copper. Aluminum is cheaper, stronger and can be delivered in near endless lengths directly to UNITECH’s production lines.
“We are very pleased with the major investment in Hordaland and Haugaland, and we are proud to be a unifying partner for the world’s best expertise in umbilicals, cables and offshore operations conveniently positioned in our region,” says Gunnar Birkeland, who is looking forward to moving into the 24/7 office building in Haugesund.
The Giga Factory is part of a UNITECH strategic business development program, several years in the planning. Other major elements of the program include;
The UNITECH Research & Technology Center, currently under construction at Rubbestadneset (Bømlo, Norway), was awarded status as a National Center of Technology Development on June 5th 2018 by the Minister of Industry, one year before the opening.
Timber Bay, is a 100.000 sq.m deepwater facility with 140m water depth and capacity to support on-shore site support services with necessary infra-structure, while implementing new technology and business concepts developed at the R&T Center.
We are pleased to see that decades of technological advancements can now be combined and leveraged to create a rewarding synergy across multiple business applications and markets.