Tekmar Energy secure contract to supply Dutch windfarm project

The Newton Aycliffe subsea cables specialist will supply its TekTube innovation to the Westermeermind project in the Netherlands

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

Subsea cable specialist Tekmar Energy has secured a contract to supply its TekTube product to the Westermeerwind near-shore windfarm project in the Netherlands.

The Newton Aycliffe manufacturer will supply Dutch subsea cable installers VBMS with TekTube - a product designed to protect cables in offshore wind turbine foundations.

For Tekmar, the contract follows its demonstration of the product three months ago at Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s (ORE Catapult) National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland.

Tekmar will provide VBMS with 92 of its systems next summer to protect the cables in the monopile foundations for the Siemens’ EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) project.

James Ritchie, chief executive officer at Tekmar, said: “We are most pleased to be working closely with VBMS on our 16th contract together.

“The project also marks a key business milestone as it will be the first time we supply our new patented technology TekTube and it will be assembled within our new facility in the north east of England which was launched earlier this year.”

Westermeerwind represents the 32nd offshore wind project that Tekmar has worked on to date, and follows a string of recent wins on the UK’s Dudgeon wind farm, Cape Wind in the USA and Luchterduinen in the Netherlands.

TekTube has been designed for installation onshore rather than offshore. The system is then transported to the offshore wind farm site to be secured to the turbine foundation, sealed and prepared to be received by the cable installation vessel.

The innovation is designed to present significant savings on installation vessel time and, ultimately, costs.

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