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Tekmar Energy has been awarded a cable protection contract for the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm. Situated 8km off the coast of Hull, Westermost Rough wind farm will cover an area of 35km2, generating 210MW of electricity.
Tekmar Energy, headquartered in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, will provide bespoke coverings to protect the infield and export cables from exposure to loads, deformations and fatigue during installation and over the wind farm’s service life.
Tekmar chief executive James Richie said: “The Westermost Rough project will play an important role in reducing CO2 emissions and contribute towards the UK achieving its targets of electricity generation from renewable energy schemes.
“This is a significant project for us...and the fifth time we have worked with DONG Energy.
“We will be supplying Westermost Rough OWF with our Teklink cable protection system which brings a range of benefits when compared to more traditional cable installation and protection.”
In comparison with other subsea cable installations, Tekmar’s Teklink system does not require a j-tube and utilises a remote installation method. This is said to offer enhanced cable life and resilience, and to reduce the risk of damage and need for maintenance.
Over the past five years Tekmar has installed over 2,000 cable protection systems with a further 1,000 in design or manufacture for wind farms across Europe.
Russian telecommunications company MegaFon has launched a terrestrial fibre optic cable route connecting Europe and Asia.
Built in partnership with Kazakhtelecom and Interoute, the Diverse Route for European and Asian Markets (DREAM) extends 8,700km from Frankfurt to Kazakhstan’s border with China.
It passes along a route, partly selected for low seismic activity, through Austria, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
“International telecom operators will be able to utilise the safest and most optimal route to organise the transfer of data for their clients, as well as increase the reliability of their networks,” said MegaFon CEO Ivan Tavrin, in a statement.
“Every year the volume of traffic sent from Europe to Asia, along with the demand for the capacity of communication channels, is steadily growing. Therefore, we view this project as both significant and promising for MegaFon’s business.”
At launch, DREAM is offering access to 10Gbps dense wavelength division multiplexing channels. The entire cable system has a potential maximum capacity of 8Tbps.
“Terrestrial routes like DREAM are the ideal solution for the development of high speed circuits between these two parts of the world,” said Renzo Ravaglia, executive vice president of Interoute’s service provider business.
“The new path, from our point of view, will be an alternative solution to existing transcontinental systems and will meet high demand on the market.”