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Subsea Mining

Subsea Mining

Subsea umbilicals and subsea cables play a crucial role in various applications within the realm of subsea mining. Subsea mining involves extracting minerals, ores, and resources from the seabed. The use of umbilicals and cables in this context facilitates different operations and functions, including:

  • Power Transmission: Subsea umbilicals and cables are used to transmit electrical power from surface vessels or platforms to subsea mining equipment and machinery. This is essential for powering remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), subsea pumps, dredging equipment, and other machinery necessary for mining operations.
  • Control and Communication: These cables also serve as channels for data transmission, enabling communication between subsea mining equipment and control centres on the surface. They facilitate the operation of robotic systems, allowing operators to remotely control and monitor the equipment’s functions.
  • Hydraulic Power Transmission: Subsea umbilicals can also transmit hydraulic fluid to power various subsea mining tools and equipment, such as hydraulic pumps, cutters, and manipulator arms used in the extraction process.
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring: Umbilicals and cables are employed to connect various sensors, cameras, and monitoring devices deployed in the subsea environment. They gather essential data related to environmental conditions, equipment performance, and mineral extraction processes.
  • Safety and Emergency Systems: These cables can be integrated into safety systems, such as emergency shutdown systems (ESD), enabling a rapid response in case of emergencies or unexpected events during subsea mining operations.
  • Maintenance and Inspection Operations: Umbilicals also support the operation of inspection tools and equipment used for maintenance purposes, allowing for regular checks, repairs, and assessments of subsea mining infrastructure.
  • Subsea Infrastructure Connectivity: Umbilicals and cables may also be used to interconnect different subsea systems, creating a network that supports the overall mining operation. This may include connecting multiple subsea installations, processing equipment, and monitoring stations.

Fibron is ideally positioned to help with the design and supply of umbilicals and cables for subsea mining. We have years of experience in designing products that will withstand even in the most challenging subsea environments and provide long and reliable service.

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If you need an umbilical or cable and can’t immediately see what you’re looking for, please do get in touch. Most of our work is bespoke to the needs of a particular project, so we can’t show all of our capabilities on our website. As experts in our field, if you need a cable or umbilical, particularly for use in a challenging environment like offshore, there’s a good chance that we’ll be able to help.