Work to install Tekmar Energy’s TekLink cable protection system (CPS) has started on what is poised to be one of the world’s largest offshore wind parks, the Gemini project in the Dutch North Sea.
Tekmar’s contract with the Dutch maritime contractor Van Oord involves the subsea specialist implementing its 6th generation TekLink cable protection system (CPS). The scope of work includes Tekmar supplying its TekLink cable protection system to protect both the inter-array and export cables along with the company’s polyurethane Bellmouths to ensure a seamless connection to the offshore substation J-tubes.
Installation has already begun as a result of the company building and delivering all of the systems ahead of schedule.
According to the company, the latest system has been trialled on Tekmar’s TekTower, a foundation-like test and training facility based on site at its manufacturing hub in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
Jack Simpson, senior manager of offshore wind at Tekmar, said: “The Gemini project is a great example of industry collaboration. Involving our client Van Oord in training and in the demonstrations of our product, underpins our focus on delivering added value and our commitment to continuing to develop best-in-class cable protection systems for the market that are the most effective in terms of performance, QHSE, cost and operational efficiency.
“Gemini is also a significant project for Tekmar because it represents the fourth project that we have worked on with Van Oord while it is the first to install our 6th generation TekLink. The advanced system evolved from previous generations through a combination of holding product demonstration events for clients and gaining valuable feedback as well as lessons learned from our experience on more than 38 offshore wind projects representing over 4,500 cable protection systems around the world.”