Categories: Blyth, NewsPublished On: 27.09.2017427 words2.2 min read

Stocksfield firm Royal IHC has developed the massive pipe-laying machinery currently being tested at the Port of Blyth

J-Lay system developed by Royal IHC at the Port of Blyth
J-Lay system developed by Royal IHC at the Port of Blyth

A 2,000-tonne structure designed in the North East for the growing offshore sector is changing the skyline of a Northumberland town .

Stocksfield-based Royal IHC has designed the 80-metre J-Lay system – so called because of the shape it inflicts on pipes during the laying process

– which will be used to lay pipes for the oil and gas sector.

After testing at the Port of Blyth , where it is currently berthed, it will be used to install pipelines with the equivalent mass of 2,000 cars whilst also dealing with the demanding environmental challenges faced at sea.

Paul Hardisty, managing director of Royal IHC Ltd, said: “The equipment that we are bringing to market is some of the best in field, and in many cases is setting the benchmark for the industry.

“Fundamentally, this success comes down to the talent and commitment of our people and the company creating the environment where they can make our clients requirements a reality.

J-Lay system developed by Royal IHC at the Port of Blyth
J-Lay system developed by Royal IHC at the Port of Blyth

“Many of our employees are engaged with projects from early concept stage through design, build, installation, commissioning through to sea trails alongside our clients, ensuring a seamless development process.

“We currently have a sizable backlog of work that will keep our teams occupied for some years ahead and are quietly confident of securing new exciting orders which means we need to expand our permanent workforce, not just in engineering, which is core to what we do, but many others areas such as project management, finance, supply chain, HSEQ (health, safety, environment and quality).

“Our head offices in Stocksfield are set in some spectacular scenery, and are being upgraded to create a modern and professional environment that is a desirable place to work. In doing so we are working with our landlords and architect to upgrade the working environment for today, tomorrow and the future.

“These works will complete in September 2017 ready for the start-up and expansion required in support of the new large and challenging projects that are on the horizon.”

Royal IHC was one of the earliest companies in the offshore industry to set up at the Port of Blyth.

The port has since marketed itself as a hub for the energy sector, with plans to create hundreds of new jobs on the former Blyth Power Station site through the Energy Central project.

Source:, 22 September 2017