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August 6, 2021

Tekmar Energy to supply cable protection system for Iberdrola wind project

The CPS and other related accessories will be manufactured by Tekmar Energy at its Newton Aycliffe facility.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

UK-based subsea cable provider Tekmar Energy has secured a contract from Van Oord to supply its Generation Ten cable protection system (CPS) for Iberdrola’s 476MW Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm in Germany.

The company previously supplied its CPS to Iberdrola’s OWF Wikinger offshore wind project in Germany, which was commissioned in 2017.

Upon completion, the two projects will become the largest offshore wind complex in the Baltic Sea, with a combined installed capacity of 826MW.

Under this contract, Tekmar Energy will be responsible for the engineering, manufacturing, testing and supply of its CPS technology, which is designed to safeguard subsea inter-array and inter-platform cables.

These cables will transition between the seabed, offshore turbines and offshore substation.

Tekmar Energy managing director Russell Edmondson said: “We are delighted to secure this new award from Van Oord, which strengthens our long-standing relationship that has delivered successful offshore wind projects over the years, particularly in Europe, which remains the largest market for offshore wind installations in the world.

“It is testament to our continued investment in CPS technology to safeguard subsea assets in increasingly challenging environments.”

The CPS will be supplied on behalf of Netherlands-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Van Oord.

Van Oord has installed the system at various other offshore wind farms, including Fryslan and Borssele in the Netherlands and Deutsche Bucht in Germany.

Van Oord project director Henk-Jan van Dijk said: “We are pleased to continue our strong working relationship with Tekmar Energy, a familiar, reliable and proven CPS partner.”

Tekmar Energy will manufacture its CPS and the associated accessories at its facility in Newton Aycliffe, UK, with plans to deliver them by next year.

In August 2019, the company secured a contract from Ørsted to supply the CPS for the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

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