BFOU & RFOU Cables
Our BFOU (flame resistant) and RFOU (flame retardant) power and instrumentation cables are manufactured in accordance with the specifications of standard NEK606. NEK606 standard is for applications in the marine industry and oil & gas industry requiring flame-retardant or flame-resistant and halogen-free properties where life may be endangered by noxious fumes, and where sensitive equipment may be damaged by acid forming gases in the event of fire. BFOU and RFOU cables are designed for fixed onshore and offshore installations in a marine environment with a temperature operating range of -40oC to +90oC.
Marine XAI Cable
BFOU and RFOU power cables and instrumentation cables are marine cables - a group of cable also known as XAI cables - used in emergency and critical applications ranging from fire alarms to lighting systems. The distinction between these two cables is the mica glass tapes (MGT) contained in BFOU cables which acts as a fire barrier so the cable can provide uninterrupted power or signals during a fire situation in accordance with IEC 60331-21. The designation XAI indicates marine cables for 1kV power and control, medium voltage up to 30kV, and 150/250V instrumentation cables, with a plain copper, tinned copper, or galvanised steel wire braid, and LSZH insulation/sheathing.
|BFOU Cable - 0.6/1kV
RFOU Cable - 0.6/1kV
|Power supply to electromechanical and electrical equipment, including emergency and critical systems such as lighting systems|
|BFOU(i) S3/S7 Cable - 150/250V
RFOU(i) S1/S5 Cable - 150/250V
|Individually screened instrumentation and telecommunication cable for fixed installation|
|BFOU(c) S4/S8 Cable - 150/250V
RFOU(c) S2/S6 Cable - 150/250V
|Collectively screened instrumentation and telecommunication cable for fixed installation|
BFOU and RFOU instrumentation cables have excellent screening properties, reducing electromagnetic interference (EMI), and are available as collectively or individually screened for optimum EMI protection. Their tinned copper wire braid (TCWB) acts as a drain wire for any leaked current.
BFOU and RFOU cable construction
|Conductor||Class 2 stranded tinned copper according to BS EN 60228|
|Tape (BFOU cable only)||Mica glass tape (MGT)|
|Insulation||Halogen-free Ethylene Propylene Rubber (EPR)|
|Screen||Tinned copper wire braid (TCWB)|
|Sheath||Halogen-free and MUD resistant (SFH2)|
MUD Resistant Cable
BFOU and RFOU are both MUD resistant cable - resistant to the hydrocarbons and drilling oils - which is essential in order to withstand the demanding marine environment. The Ethylene Vinyl Acetate sheathing being rated SFH2 (thermostable halogen free) as required of NEK606.
BFOU cable construction: MGT/EPR/EPR/TCWB/EVA
RFOU cable construction: EPR/EPR/TCWB/EVA
Eland Cables' BFOU and RFOU cables are Lloyds Register approved, as well as Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Whether you're looking for a specialist marine 1kV power cable or 250v instrumentation cable, contact our experts in The Cable Lab to help assist you with choosing the correct cable for your application
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About Eland Cables
Established in 1975, Eland Cables is a supplier of power, data, instrumentation and control cables and cable accessories to the world's most demanding industries and to some of its most prestigious projects. Our reputation is built on an unswerving focus on quality, technical expertise and customer service.
Our focus on quality has resulted in our in-house specialist cable testing facility securing the ISO 17025 accreditation. This certifies the competence, impartiality and performance capability of our laboratory and its evaluations. In turn, it means peace of mind for our customers with regard to the quality of the cables they source from us.
Our highly-qualified technical team is on hand to provide technical support with all aspects of cable selection, technical specification, regulatory requirements, and bespoke cable design and manufacture.
We are a key contributor to projects in over 100 countries every year, adding value through comprehensive technical support, reliable logistics, innovative solutions, and a customer-centric approach.
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UKAS-accredited specialist cable testing laboratory
The Cable Lab® our in-house cable testing facility, is UKAS-accredited to ISO 17025, which is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world. Accreditation to this international standard demonstrates our laboratory's technical competence and the accuracy of its results.
For our customers, it means peace of mind. They can have full confidence in the quality of our products and can demonstrate due diligence in selecting their cable supplier.
Our customers can also rely on the Cable Lab's services for an independent, objective and comprehensive quality assessment of cables procured from third parties.