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Oxfordshire’s HR Wallingford makes waves in China

PUBLISHED: 16:53 16 October 2017

Contract-signing ceremony for the Wave generation project

Contract-signing ceremony for the Wave generation project


An Oxfordshire engineering and environmental hydraulics company has been awarded a £12 million contract to supply a system off the east coast of China

HR Wallingford, based at Howberry Business Park, will supply a deep water Wave Generation System to equip a Seakeeping and Manoeuvring Basin which is being created by the Shanghai Ship and Shipping Research Institute (SSSRI).

SSSRI, which is owned by COSCO, China’s state-owned shipping company, conducts research and development into ship design, and the new basin, which will be housed in an entirely new state-of-the-art complex on Changxing island, off Shanghai, will be used to test innovative vessel design, in order to improve the efficiency and stability of different kinds of ships.

The new basin is on an enormous scale measuring 225m long x 45m wide, and some 6m deep, with wave making machines on two sides of the tank.

HR Wallingford will be supplying 120 banks of its deep water hinged-type paddles, equating to 478 individual wave makers.

Dr Bruce Tomlinson, Chief Executive of HR Wallingford Ltd, said: “At £12m, this is a significant equipment contract, and we are looking forward to further developing the collaboration with SSSRI in the Chinese and global maritime sector into the future.”

The wave making system will be designed and manufactured in the UK before being shipped to Shanghai, ready for installation to begin in October 2019, with the facility expected to be operational from August 2020.

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