Firm to supply African project

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CABLE cleats manufactured on the Yorkshire coast will soon be found off the coast of Africa following a new export deal for Ellis Patents.

The Rillington based manufacturing firm has won a contract to supply its Emperor stainless steel cleats for use in the Aseng oil field development off the coast of Equatorial Guinea.

The company’s cable cleats are being installed in a floating off shore vessel that is currently under construction in the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.

The vessel, know as an FPSO – floating production storage and off loading vessel), will be owned and operated by SBM Offshore, which chose the Ellis Patent’s products because they can withstand high levels of short circuits and corrosion protection.

Tony Conroy, Ellis Patents’ export sales manager said; “The oil and gas industry is a key focus for our export business and in order to be successful in this market you need to have a truly global approach.

“As such, we have specialist distributors in the Middle East, Asia, South America, Australia, Kazakhstan and the United States, with whom we work closely in order to ensure our name and products are to the fore whenever this kind of project comes online.”

This approach has proved successful for Ellis Patents, with repeat orders for elements of the Kashagan project in Kazakhstan, and major orders for an FPSO and floating production unit for use in Brazil’s Peregrino and Roncador fields respectively.

Ellis Patents’ Emperor cable cleats are designed to fix, retain and support cables and withstand the highest levels of short circuits.

The new floating vessel (FPSO) is a $600m joint venture between SBM Offshore and Compania Nacional de Petrole de Guinea Ecuatorial (GE Petrol), the state oil company of Equatorial Guinea.

When complete it will be operated offshore for Noble Energy.