ABERDEEN, UK --Balmoral Engineering has invested in new facilities which allow it to design, manufacture and test hydrostatically a wide range of surface/subsurface buoyancy and elastomer products. Technical director Dr. Robert Oram says the company needed to address gaps in its ability to process orders for smaller, "off-the-shelf" and niche-market type products,
"We decided to address these anomalies by introducing a range of new materials, ranging from thermoplastic syntactics for very large products used in shallow-medium depths, through standard syntactic foam systems to high performance cold cure syntactics for critical service and ultra deep waters.
"These new materials, coupled with the new production facilities, allow us to manufacture a complete range of products from the smallest subsea float to the largest marine drilling riser buoyancy modules."
One recent contract involved supplying over 60 modular buoys to Allseas to aid subsea equipment installation in water depths of up to 1,200 m (3,037 ft) offshore India, for the Reliance Dhirbai project.