AN engineering firm has announced it has secured a multi-million-pound contract with the world’s largest offshore wind developer.

Tekmar Energy in Newton Aycliffe, has been selected by Denmark company Ørsted, to make a protective coating for undersea cables at Hornsea Two wind farm.

The wind farm is based on the east coast of England and will power 1.3m homes.

Tekmar Energy was drafted in to make sure the cables are protected as they enter and exit the underwater foundations.

The company will be providing 346 cable protection systems and a further 30 bellmouths, for both the array and export cables.

Russell Edmondson, managing director of Tekmar Energy, said: “We are delighted for Tekmar to be selected as the cable protection system and bellmouth supplier for Hornsea Two.

“This is one of the most significant projects in the industry to date.This continues Tekmar’s excellent relationship with Ørsted and is part of our six year framework for providing cable protection systems on their future projects.”

Tekmar Energy, which employs 115 people, will use its state of the art manufacturing facility in the North-East to produce the cable protection systems.

The offshore project will celebrate Tekmar Energy's 76th project within the industry, retaining its record securing more than 75 percent of the global market in offshore wind cable protection.

As part of the project, Tekmar Energy will be supplying their latest TekLink generation cable protection system for all inter array and export cables.

The contract is part of an ongoing framework agreement between Ørsted and Tekmar Energy.

Ørsted is wind developer hoping to create a world that runs on green energy.

Patrick Harnett, EPC director for Ørsted, said: “Hornsea Two is a game changing renewable energy project in terms of both size and cost. The North-East continues to play an important role in manufacturing components for our portfolio of world leading offshore wind farms, with hundreds of cable protection systems, transition pieces and kilometres of array cables coming from the region.

Mr Harnett added: “We are very proud to be a part of the ongoing offshore wind development in the region.

"We are committed to further developing a competitive supply chain in the United Kingdom that can support Ørsted’s projects in the UK and around the world.”