Subsea engineering outfit Tekmar Energy has secured a multi-million pound contract to provide its specialist cable protection systems on a North Sea wind farm.
The Newton Aycliffe-based firm will supply their TekLink® technology to the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, 32km from the coast of Norfolk.
Tekmar will work with Norwegian firms Statoil and Statkraft, along with Dutch submarine power cable installers, VSMC.
This will be the 15th project Tekmar has worked with the contractor on, following recent successes for both firms in Germany on the Meerwind project, and on-going installation with Butendiek.
The deal also marks the 30th offshore wind project Tekmar Energy has been awarded and follows the recent announcements of Cape Wind in the USA and Luchterduinen in the Netherlands.
James Ritchie, chief executive officer at Tekmar, said: “We are pleased to be working with VSMC again on another prestigious project.
“Following our initial design work with the client, Statoil, it shows a strong trend towards the benefit of j-tubeless technology in monopile foundations. We believe that cost and risk in array cabling has been reduced and track record and trends like the above support that.
“Further, this project will be manufactured within our new state of the art production facility in the North East of England following the exciting expansion Tekmar is undergoing.”
Tekmar is currently working on the fit-out and refurbishment of its 75,000 sq ft of production space in the former Tetley Tea premises in Newton Aycliffe, having relocated from the nearby Park 2000 site.
John Tweedlie, operations director at Tekmar added: “This announcement is fantastic news for all of the staff here at Tekmar.
“We are approaching the completion of the fit out of our new production facility and look forward to fulfilling the Dudgeon contract from that location.
“Winning this project will also provide the opportunity for further employment from within the local community.”
The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm will be located in water that is between 18-25m deep on a 35 km² site located 32 km [20 miles] off the coast of the seaside town of Cromer in North Norfolk.
Tekmar, which employs 75 members of staff, said it would create 30 to 50 new roles throughout the business when it announced the move into its newest premises.