Tekmar contract win with DONG Energy underlines North east ‘dream team’

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Subsea cable protection specialist, Tekmar Energy, has bolstered its industry track record after being awarded a major contract with DONG Energy to supply 189 cable protection systems (CPS) on its Race Bank offshore windfarm in North Norfolk.

Tekmar will provide its seventh generation TekLink mechanical latch system, which includes a specially-developed quick connect design that significantly accelerates CPS assembly time, complete with the array and export cables and bellmouths.

The contract represents the ninth DONG Energy project that Tekmar has worked on and is the fourth successive contract following the recent announcement that Tekmar is providing DONG Energy with its innovative cable protection systems on the Burbo Bank Extension project in the north-west coast of England.

For Race Bank, Tekmar has worked with DONG Energy to engineer a standardised CPS design for the project which offers maximum flexibility during the installation activities offshore. These systems will be delivered from its manufacturing facility and headquarters in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

Jack Simpson, at Tekmar Energy, said: “Race Bank is an exciting development to be involved in and with such a high volume of CPSs required, it is a huge verification of our market-leading products and our commitment to continually advancing our suite of technologies. We take great pride in developing strong relationships with our clients to ensure the highest standards are met and as such, we are widely recognised as the CPS supplier of choice. 

“It is also another endorsement of the North-east of England’s energy credentials. The region’s supply chain is starting to earn a reputation through increasing industry demand for the engineering, manufacturing and specialist capabilities that are rooted here.”

Located approximately 16.8 miles off Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast, Race Bank covers an area of around 75km² and has a capacity of up to 580MW which could generate enough electricity to power over 500,000 homes a year. The project could also realise a potential annual carbon saving over more than 830,000 tonnes of CO².

With more than 30 years’ experience, Tekmar is a market leader in the design, manufacture and supply of subsea cable, umbilical and flexible protection systems for the renewable energy and oil & gas industry.