Sparrows Group has partnered with leading engineering and manufacturing firm INNOVO to provide the offshore industry with the first fully electric-drive flexible cable and pipe lay system for rental. The wider collaboration between the firms will see them deliver full back-deck equipment packages for sale and rental to suit both the oil and gas and offshore wind markets globally.

As part of the agreement INNOVO’s electric drive 700 Te multi-reel drive system will be rented alongside Sparrows Group’s wide range of electric drive tensioners as a fully packaged and managed lay system.

Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows Group, said: “Combining an electric tensioner with an electric reel drive means we can offer the market a uniquely sophisticated system that delivers greater control and therefore better precision and accuracy than traditional hydraulic drive appliances which can dramatically reduce the risk of damage to the product. Both pieces of equipment are fitted with the same control systems, allowing easy system synchronisation, which also improves the control of lay operations.

“Compact in size considering its high capacity, INNOVO’s real drive is one of the most robust systems on the rental market which can be used with multiple reels if required. Combined with our 50 Te tensioner that works in both horizontal and vertical configurations, the system offers customers a high degree of versatility.”