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Forth is keen to hear from businesses and organisations which would benefit from using its Deep Recovery Facility for research and development.


At 22.5 metres long, 10 metres wide and six metres deep, and holding 1.2million litres of water, it is one of the largest wet test facilities in the UK.

The covered, freshwater pond, built at Forth’s HQ at Flimby in Cumbria as part of a £1.25m investment, allows businesses from a range of industries, including nuclear, oil and gas, marine and renewables, to carry out their research and development.

It is used by Malta-based EM&I group, an industry-leading global organisation providing support services to the oil, gas and energy industries – which has offices in Malta, France, Germany, UK, South Africa, China, Australia, Brazil, USA and Canada.

“As well as wet work, there’s an area for dry work as well, so it’s ideal for companies and organisations to use for testing equipment, or for divers, or any business or organisation involved in underwater operations. It is the perfect place to test new technology. “We also have conference rooms for companies to use while they are here testing their equipment so it means they can be time-efficient while they are on site.”
Mark Telford - Forth 
Mark Telford
Managing Director
Forth deep water facility

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Peter Gresty, Equipment and Training Manager for the EM&I Group, said: “The pond at Forth is ideal for us. We use it to carry out many aspects of our technological development. The facilities at Forth are unique and we really value being able to use the pond as it helps us to be innovative and stay ahead of the game when it comes to our technical development. The team at Forth are also very accommodating and great to work with.”

Mark Telford, Forth’s managing director, says there’s scope for other businesses and organisations to be making use of the facility.

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