Cable protection specialist Tekmar Energy has installed its cutting-edge TekTube system on an offshore project for the first time.
The system was successfully installed on Westermeerwind near-shore wind farm in the Netherlands.
Tekmar supplied cable installation contractor, VBMS, with 92 of its systems to protect the cables into the 48 wind turbine foundations for the Siemens’ EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) project located along the dykes of the Noordoostpolder.
Installation work ran more quickly than initially expected with up to six systems put in place within each 12-hour window for work.
Tekmar’s chief executive James Ritchie, said: “TekTube was designed as a result of our ongoing investment into researching and developing next generation cable protection systems.
“Delivering TekTube for the first time makes Westermeerwind a particularly momentous project and one which saw us work with VBMS for the 16th time.”
It was the first new patented product that was produced at Tekmar’s new manufacturing facility in the north-east of England.
Tekmar, based in County Durham, claims the system improves offshore installation rates and ensures cable integrity for the service life, which is typically 25 years.