Newton Aycliffe firm Tekmar Energy has secured a major contract with DONG Energy to supply 189 cable protection systems (CPS) on its Race Bank offshore windfarm in North Norfolk.
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.
Tekmar – which won the Export award at Aycliffe Business Park’s Make Your Mark event in February – 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.
It’s also 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 off the North-West coast of England.
Tekmar’s Jack Simpson 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.”
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.
The systems will be delivered from its manufacturing facility and headquarters on Aycliffe Business Park.