Cable protection innovations showcased

Paul Boughton

Subsea specialist Tekmar Energy is holding a series of live events to demonstrate its cable protection systems (CPS), installation techniques and engineering developments.

The demonstration days are taking place at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s (ORE Catapult) National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland, where the company is showcasing its TekTube J-tube replacement system as well as CPS pre-installation methods and best practices, and submarine power cable heat transfer.

Tekmar, which provides bespoke cable protection systems to both the global oil and gas and offshore renewables industries, organised the event following the success of a series of demonstration days held earlier in the year.

Chief executive officer, James Ritchie, said: “The demo days provide an opportunity to learn more about the installation of our multiple TekLink and TekTube cable protection systems utilising a dry and wet dock facility. ORE Catapult’s Blyth facility offers the use of multiple dry and wet docks allowing us to perform a number of demonstrations on our suite of innovations and demonstrate how they’re making a key industry contribution to cost reduction and risk mitigation.”   

Richard Morris, commercial director at ORE Catapult, said: “Our dry dock facilities are used for a variety of marine and subsea applications, such as prototype development and equipment trials, as well as verification and witness tests. Supporting small businesses to address industry-wide challenges by devising innovative solutions is a key objective of the ORE Catapult therefore it is particularly pleasing for us to be able to work with and support Tekmar in demonstrating its new technology.

“Innovative technological improvements such as Tekmar’s cable protection systems are an important step in the drive to lengthen the life of connections between offshore wind turbines as well as that of wind farms and onshore connections. As such, it could lead to a step-change in electrical cable technology, which will drive cost reduction in the industry.”