The North of England’s industry is born of engineering and manufacturing dating back to the shipyards, most famously housing the build of the Mauretania at the Swan Hunter yard back in 1906.

The subsea and offshore subset developed from those early marine beginnings and today continues with this innovation-led philosophy. Recognised as a centre of excellence there are over 50 companies in the NE regional cluster involved in the subsea and offshore industry.

Tyne subsea is a partnership between BEL Valves and Newcastle university adding to the region’s expertise by delivering a hyperbaric service to the doorstep of many of these North East businesses. The additional physical infrastructure and innovation assets not only support the local offshore and subsea community but a much wider requirement for hyperbaric research, test and certification throughout the UK and Europe.

BEL Valves interest in deepwater testing comes from their long history of valve and actuator provision for subsea applications. The hyperbaric testing of valves and actuators is crucial to ensure reliable operation subsea. Equipment may often be installed at depths in excess of 3,000m where reliability of operations is crucial, and therefore hyperbaric testing plays a vital part.

Newcastle University are in the top 10 in the UK for world-leading research. The quality of research is a prime driver with 90% of research classed as world leading or internationally excellent. And Tyne Subsea is no exception by providing an environment where ambitious, new ideas can flourish.

Together the two organisations deliver a unique service combining deep water research, test and certification.

Geographically housed in two separate locations, the investment decisions made have been based upon comprehensive research of the needs of the offshore and subsea communities. Subsequently the provision offers these communities the right equipment, facilities and service needed to deliver efficient and effective research, test and certification across multiple industries.