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Tekmar, in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, works on Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm
A MARINE engineering firm has won a contract to protect cables on a major UK wind farm.
Tekmar Energy, based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, has been chosen to supply protective covering for cabling on the Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm, off the coast of Hull.
The 35-turbine development is being built by Dong Energy, and bosses say it will power 200,000 homes.
Tekmar, which employs 75 people, worked on Denmark's Anholt wind farm, which is the country's largest and powers 223,000 homes, and designed watertight seals for the Teesside wind farm, off the coast of Redcar.
In the last five years, the company, which was founded in 1985, has installed more than 2,000 cable protection systems and has a further 1,000 in design or manufacture for the 26 wind farms it has been involved in across Europe.
James Ritchie, Tekmar chief executive, said: “This is a significant project for us to be involved in and the fifth time we have worked with Dong.
“We will be supplying our cable protection system, which brings a range of benefits when compared to more traditional cable, installation and protection, and the project will play an important role in reducing emissions.”
Last month, the firm revealed ambitious plans to return to the oil and gas market, while maintaining its position in offshore renewables.
The company aims to generate revenue of £15m from its oil and gas operations by 2016 as part of a strategy to increase overall turnover from £22m to £50m, creating between 30 and 50 jobs.
It is also looking to open a base in Aberdeen and expand its existing North-East operations.
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