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 schemes.
“This is a significant project for us to be involved in 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 £15m in turnover from its oil and gas operations by 2016 as part of a strategy to increase overall turnover from £22m to £50m.
The company is fully QHSE compliant and has obtained ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 accreditations.
Unlike other subsea cable installations, Tekmar’s pioneering Teklink system, which has been successfully delivered into large offshore wind farms across Europe, does not require a j-tube and uses a remote installation method.
This provides enhanced cable life and resilience, reducing the risk of damage and the requirement for maintenance and cost-saving on foundation.
The system, which has revolutionised the connection and protection of cables into wind turbines, also provides greater savings by reducing vessel time/foundation cost.
Over the past five years, Tekmar has installed more than 2,000 cable protection systems and has a further 1,000 in design or manufacture for the 26 windfarms it has been involved in across Europe.
DONG Energy, meanwhile, was established in 2006 by the merger of six Danish energy companies: DONG, Elsam, Energi E2, Nesa, Københavns Energi and Frederiksberg Forsyning.
It works across the energy value chain with a focus on both gas and offshore wind, a field in which it is considered a leader.
In the UK, it is growing at an exceptional pace, its workforce going less than ten employees in 2004 to nearly 400 today.
It’s total committed investment in the company is over £4.2bn to date.
DONG Energy has over 20 years experience in offshore wind farm development, with the majority of its wind farms being based in North West Europe.
To date it has built more wind farms than any other company in the world, with 1,035 MW of onshore and offshore wind power in operation.