All of First Subsea's Ballgrab® connectors are designed, assembled, tested and supplied from its Lancaster headquarters in the UK. Our multi-disciplinary teams consisting of sales, projects and production engineers ensure a full integrated approach from sales enquiry to on-time product delivery. First Subsea's headquarters comprises of design offices which are equipped with the latest Autodesk design suite, Mathcad and ANSYS for engineering and integrated FEA and fatigue analysis. The ground floor workshop area includes 4 vertical and horizontal test rigs with capabilities of up to 2,600T to allow on-site testing of all First Subsea's connectors. The workshop is fitted with full length and width cranes, a state of the art co-ordinate measurement machine (CMM) and 3T and 5T forklift trucks. In addition to the main workshop, there is a secondary workshop which contains a Non Destructive Testing (NDT) booth, and provides storage facilities for all the Ballgrab® connectors and the fleet of Pipeline Recovery Tools. First Subsea also has a purpose built Ballgrab® bend stiffener connector test rig specifically designed to simulate the connector's installation angles and pull-in loads ahead of deployment offshore.
First Subsea currently employs over 30 design, project and production engineers with a vast knowledge of ball and taper technology and applications, following the design and installation of over 700 Ballgrab® connectors worldwide. In addition to working on current projects, engineers are also available for new product development and time-based engineering projects. As the leader in ball and taper technology First Subsea work closely with its clients and supply chain to ensure you always have the best solution. Safety, reliability and flexibility are at the heart of everything we do. First Subsea’s engineers strive for excellence, ‘pushing the boundaries’ to develop and innovate cost effective products and solutions. All of First Subsea's engineers, in conjunction with the state-of-the-art workshop facilities, are able to offer bespoke connectors, project analysis and commissioning services including product testing, and a wide range of training and project life management services.
Part of the First Tech group, First Subsea employs over 45 people with a high proportion of chartered engineers at its headquarters in Lancaster, UK. In addition we have sales offices worldwide. We are located in the North West of England within easy access of the M6 motorway, rail network, Manchester airport and Heysham port. With over 30 years of experience, First Subsea has developed long-term, cooperative relationships with our supply chain, to ensure we always provide a cost effective and flexible service to our clients. With these relationships in place, this allows First Subsea to seek new ways to reduce lead times, but more importantly, raise customer satisfaction and ensuring that we remain the market leaders within the oil and gas industry.
3rd Party Testing
As well as thorough in-house testing of all Ballgrab® connectors, First Subsea also undertakes 3rd party testing for other products including H and plate links and other mooring solutions. First Subsea's test facilities include four vertical and horizontal test rigs with capabilities of up to 2,600T, and a test rig capable of simulating bending moments during installation. Below are a number of pictures illustrating some of our test facilities here at our Lancaster based headquarters, UK. For more information please see our facilities page or contact us directly.