Dudgeon deal for Tekmar Energy

UK cable-protection specialist Tekmar Energy will deliver a range of subsea hardware to Dutch contractor VSMC as part of installation of the power transmission infrastructure at the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind project in the North Sea.

The British technology company will supply its TekLink mechanical-latch cable protection system to prevent damage to the inter-array lines connecting the turbine's "J-tubeless" monopiles, as well as polyurethane bellmouths for the offshore substation foundation's export cables.

"Our initial design work shows a strong trend towards the benefit of J-tubeless technology [which breaks from the conventional tube concept used to protect power lines run up from seabed to turbine] in monopile foundations," says Tekmar chief executive James Ritchie.

"We believe that cost and risk in array cabling has been reduced and...trends like the above support that."

The order will be delivered out of Tekmar's expanded 7,000 sq metre production complex in Newton Aycliffe, northeast England.

Dudgeon, being developed by Norwegian energy giants Statoil and Statkraft using 6MW Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbines, will be located in water depths of 18-25 metres some 32km off the UK.