Tekmar plays key role in German windfarm

The world's leading cable protection company for the offshore wind industry, Tekmar Energy, has completed work on a pioneering 80-turbine windfarm in the German North Sea

Ally MacDonald with James Ritchie
Ally MacDonald with James Ritchie

The world's leading cable protection company for the offshore wind industry, Tekmar Energy, has completed work on a pioneering 80-turbine windfarm in the German North Sea.

The company supplied bespoke coverings for the inter-array cables designed by JDR for the flagship Meerwind project. The 288 MW scheme, constructed and operated by WindMW, will power approximately 360,000 homes.

Tekmar, headquartered in County Durham, was awarded the work to protect the inter-array cables from exposure to loads, deformations and fatigue during installation and across the windfarm’s service life.

Construction of the windfarm began on the site 23km North of Helgoland during 2012 and is expected to be completed before the end of 2013. Tekmar chief executive James Ritchie said: “The Meerwind project highlights Germany’s increasing commitment to the offshore wind industry and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one million tonnes per year. Being awarded the contract for such high-profile international work has represented a great achievement for us.

“Our Teklink protection system will support this important project throughout its working life and enable it to benefit the region for many years to come.”

Founded in 1985, the Newton Aycliffe-based Tekmar 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.

Over the past five years, the company has installed more than 2,000 such systems and has a further 1,000 in design or manufacture for the 26 windfarms it has been involved in across Europe.

Unlike with other subsea cable installations, Tekmar’s Teklink cable protection system 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.

The company recently announced it was expanding its North East operations, while opening a new base in Aberdeen, as part its plan to return to the buoyant oil and gas market.

As part of its blueprint for growth, it aims to generate £15m in turnover from the sector by 2016, while growing its overall turnover from £22m to £50m. Between 30 and 50 new jobs will also be created to deliver this growth.

Tekmar, named Company of the Year at the 2012 Durham and Wearside Business Awards, is fully QHSE compliant and has obtained ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001 accreditations.

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