DONG Energy enlists North East team

DONG Energy enlists North East team

Three North East companies have been enlisted to work in partnership with DONG Energy on the Race Bank offshore wind farm, off the North Norfolk Coast.

The companies will be working on the array cables which connect each of the offshore wind turbines to the main export cable which then transmits the energy back to shore and into the national grid.

Newton Aycliffe-based Tekmar Energy will supply 189 cable protection systems (CPS) alongside Hartlepool-based JDR, who will supply the array cables, and DeepOcean who will be in charge of installing the cables.

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 cable protection systems on the Burbo Bank Extension project in the north-west coast of England.

Jack Simpson, at Tekmar, 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.

“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.”

DONG Energy’s UK country chairman, Brent Chesire, said: ““We are very committed to investing in UK suppliers wherever possible, and it’s great to see three different UK-based firms contributing to a vital part of our Race Bank offshore wind farm.”

Located 16.8 miles off Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast, RaceBank will have capacity to generate enough electricity to power over 500,000 homes a year, and could also realise a potential annual carbon saving over more than 830,000 tonnes of CO².