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Tekmar Energy, in Newton Aycliffe, supplies cable protection for Meerwind windfarm, in German North Sea
A MARINE engineering firm has strengthened its international standing after working with a fellow North-East company on a major offshore energy development.
Tekmar Energy, based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, supplied cable protection for the 80-turbine Meerwind windfarm, in the German North Sea.
The cables were designed by Hartlepool-based JDR Cables, and will help the windfarm power about 360,000 homes.
Tekmar, which employs 75 people, supported submarine power cable installer VSMC on the project and completed the work ahead of schedule, laying four cables every day, including eight of its unique protection systems.
The completion of the German deal comes as the firm, founded in 1985, prepares to protect cables on the Westermost Rough wind farm, off the coast of Hull.
The 35-turbine development is being built by Dong Energy, who expect it to power 200,000 homes.
The firm has now installed more than 2,000 cable protection systems in the last five years, working on Denmark's Anholt wind farm, which provides power for 223,000 houses, and designing watertight seals for the Teesside wind farm, off Redcar's coast.
James Ritchie, Tekmar chief executive, said the Meerwind deal proved the company was playing a key role in the offshore energy industry, with its equipment integral to the reduction of damage and the need for constant maintenance.
He said: “This project highlights Germany’s increasing commitment to the offshore wind industry and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one million tonnes per year.
“That's why it was a great achievement for us to be awarded the contract for such high-profile international work. “Our protection system will support the project throughout its working life and benefit the region for many years to come.”
Earlier this year, Tekmar announced plans to return to the oil and gas market.
It aims to generate revenue of £15 from its oil and gas operations by 2016 as part of wider ambitions to increase overall turnover from £22m to £50m and create between 30 and 50 jobs.
Bosses are also looking to open a base in Aberdeen, while expanding its existing North-East operations, and will more than treble its headquarters to 102,000sq ft to maintain the firm's growth.
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