Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cable Firm Lands New Wind Power Contract; OFFSHORE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cable Firm Lands New Wind Power Contract; OFFSHORE

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Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

NORTH East cable protection company, Tekmar Energy, has been awarded a contract by DONG Energy for the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm.

Situated eight kilometres off the coast of Hull, the wind farm will cover an area of 35 sq km, generating 210MW of electricity - enough to supply 200,000 homes.

The scheme is part of the UK's Round 2 of wind farm projects and, once complete, will be the first wind farm in the world to use Siemens 6MW turbines on a commercial scale.

Tekmar Energy, headquartered in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, will provide bespoke coverings to protect the infield and export cables from exposure to loads, deformations and fatigue during installation and over the 35-turbine wind farm's service life.

Chief executive James Richie said: "The Westermost Rough project will play an important role in reducing CO2 emissions and contribute towards the UK achieving its targets of electricity generation from renewable energy sin and the fifth time we have worked with DONG Energy.

"We will be supplying Westermost Rough OWF with our Teklink cable protection system which brings a range of benefits when compared to more traditional cable installation and protection."

Founded in 1985, Tekmar Energy, a world leader in its field, initially specialised in oil and gas before moving into the expanding offshore renewables industry when it developed bespoke cable protection systems for cables connecting wind turbines.

The company recently announced its plan to enhance its service in the oil and gas market, whilst maintaining its leading position in offshore renewables.

As part of this, Tekmar aims to generate PS15m in turnover from its oil and gas operations by 2016 as part of a strategy to increase overall turnover from PS22m to PS50m.

The company is fully QHSE compliant and has obtained ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 accreditations. …

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