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Tekmar joins Cape Wind crew

Contract for cable protection systems at Massachusetts project

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UK cable protection systems specialist Tekmar Energy has won a contract at the 468MW Cape Wind offshore wind farm in Massachusetts.

The award covers design, manufacture and supply of more than 200 of its TekLink units for the project’s inter-array and export cables.

Tekmar said it will also supply its polyurethane bellmouth and internal cable guide cones, which are attached to the foundations and “offer additional support and protection to the power cables”.

The company will oversee installations when construction kicks off at the project site off the coast of Cape Cod, which will feature 130 Siemens 3.6MW turbines.

Cape Wind will be using a new installation technique known as “pre-installation”, which involves deploying a small support barge to install the cable protection systems ahead of the main cable installation.

Tekmar said this “enables a smaller, more cost-effective vessel to be used” and its TekLink system has been tailored to suit the method.

Tekmar chief executive James Ritchie said: “We look forward to working with the developers at Cape Wind. This project in many ways marks the launch of an important new industry and the development of a corresponding supply chain in the US. We are proud to be a part of that effort."

The company last week unveiled an agency agreement with Massachusetts-based Whitman Consulting Group, which will act as its commercial services agent in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.

Ritchie added: “Tekmar looks forward to working closely with American companies, such as Whitman Consulting Group, to ensure that the lessons learned in developing projects in the UK are successfully applied to US projects to allow the market and  supply chain infrastructure to develop and expand in a quality way.”

Image: Tekmar has installed its cable protection system at offshore wind farms across Europe (Tekmar)

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