County Durham firm Tekmar wins Dutch offshore contract

County Durham-based Tekmar Energy has been awarded a contract with leading international EPC contractor Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects BV

Engineers from Tekmar with a cable protection system
Engineers from Tekmar with a cable protection system

The County Durham-based Tekmar Energy has been awarded a contract with leading international EPC contractor Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects BV for work on the 43-turbine Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind farm development in Holland.

The Newton Aycliffe-headquartered company will supply its cable protection systems for the project, located around 23 kilometres from the Dutch coast in Block Q10 of the North Sea.

It is the third contract of its kind that the firm has been awarded by Van Oord, having been involved in supporting it with the Eneco Luchterduinen project at an early stage by providing support on the design of the J-tubes for the Offshore High Voltage Substation and cable entry interface on the foundations.

This time round, Tekmar will provide 87 cable protection systems, including seven bellmouths, six of which are for array cables while one is for the export cable.

The company, which will be working with NKT Cables and LS Cable as the suppliers and Van Oord as the installer, will also provide full engineering of its systems to protect the power cables for their 25-year service life. This will be the sixth project for which Tekmar has provided protection for NKT Cables.

Tekmar chief executive James Ritchie said: “The award win on another major project demonstrates our industry reputation for delivering high-value solutions which are underpinned by our engineering expertise.

“Our J-tubeless cable protection system, TekLink, remains the market-leading solution.”

Project manager for Van Oord, Wilbert van Boldrik, added: “We are glad with this next step in the preparation for the offshore works for the Eneco Luchterduinen wind farm, which is about to start in June 2014. We look forward to a fruitful co-operation with Tekmar, which we selected to supply the cable protection systems.”

Tekmar, which recently expanded into state-of-the-art testing and engineering facilities, has been involved in more than 25 high-profile offshore wind projects and has upplied over 3,000 systems since its entry into the market.

Eneco Luchterduinen is a joint venture between Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation and will have a combined capacity of 129 MW. It generate green electricity for nearly 150,000 households.

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