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Commentary - 9 Nov 2021

Clients benefit from Balmoral Subsea Test Centre turnkey services


Although the Balmoral Subsea Test Centre is recognised for its hydrostatic testing capabilities, the comprehensive facility also offers wide-ranging mechanical, submersion and offshore wind component testing, with full on-site support services including transportation, fabrication and electrical services.

A wide range of equipment types have been tested at the centre over the years including Christmas trees, subsea control modules, flying leads/jumper cables, ball valves, composite pipes, subsea HPUs, transformers, riser bird cages, acrylic domes and underwater cutting tools.

Testing can be carried out in a variety of liquids including fresh and salt water, dyes, glycol, anti-corrosion and mineral oils.

Frequently we are asked to carry out tests at very short notice and with the scale and variety of our equipment we are well placed to accommodate this

Derek Weir, general manager at the test centre says: “No two days are the same at the facility. One day we can be carrying out long term qualification testing on new foam systems allowing us to exceed client expectations; the next we will be carrying out factory acceptance testing on a new pipe cutting tool for the decommissioning sector.

“Frequently we are asked to carry out tests at very short notice and with the scale and variety of our equipment we are well placed to accommodate this.”

With full support from Balmoral’s in-house fabrication and electrical services clients regularly have their equipment tested, adjusted or repaired on-site avoiding the need to ship the items back and fore to their premises.

Derek continued: “With a full complement of support services available, including the hire of torque tools and associated equipment, clients can monitor their kit being tested via live data links anywhere in the world. A service we believe is unique to the Balmoral Subsea Test Centre.“

An overview of the services on offer is given below:

Hydrostatic testing

  • Uplift determination
  • Water ingress
  • Instrumented buoyancy loss
  • Hydrostatic compression and creep
  • Hydrostatic collapse
  • Bulk modulus
  • Buckle arrestment performance
  • Subsea controls testing
  • Valve testing


Mechanical testing

  • Axial and lateral slip loads
  • Static loading and 3-point bending
  • Bend restrictor/stiffener loading
  • Bend restrictor locking radius measurement
  • Compression and shear testing
  • Tensile testing
  • Dropped weight and swing arm impact testing
  • Lifting point/insert load testing

Submersion testing

  • Product weight in water and air
  • ROV submersion and functionality
  • Submersion and gas leakage
  • Underwater NDT inspection
  • Flotation
  • Riser testing
  • Abandonment and cutting tool trials
  • Stack up trials


Offshore wind CPS testing

  • SDU tension, bending and curvature
  • Bend restrictors
  • Articulated pipe
  • FID activation
  • CPS installation

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