German deal boost for Hartlepool cable firm JDR

One of the JDR sheds. (IRN

One of the JDR sheds. (IRN


A CABLE-MAKING company has clinched a contract to supply a German offshore wind farm.

JDR, based in Greenland Road in Hartlepool, has won the deal to provide more than 40 miles of cable for the Nordsee One Offshore Wind Farm, 25 miles north of the German Juist island.

The wind farm will have 54 wind turbines. The new-style cables for them, which have an aluminium core, will be designed by JDR’s in-house engineering team and manufactured at the Hartlepool facility.

The firm will also supply accessories including cable pulling grips.

JDR’s executive vice president in sales and marketing, Paul Gahm, said the wind farm was “a strategically important development for the European offshore wind market.”

He added: “We’re pleased to have won this important contract with Siem Offshore Contractors GmbH for the Nordsee One offshore wind farm; this project is a strategically important development for the European offshore wind market.

“The cost-efficient aluminium core inter-array cables that have been selected for this project are the latest development in a growing JDR range of products and accessories, designed to support the long-term development of offshore wind energy production.“

To complete the project, JDR’s global services section will provide field service teams to test each cable.

JDR is building a strong reputation in Europe. The deal is the latest secured by JDR in Germany and bosses say the firm is rapidly becoming known as an important supplier in the country.

One of its advantages is it is based alongside a deepwater dock, which is ideally positioned for load-outs for European offshore wind farm projects.

JDR employs 160 people at its Hartlepool plant which was opened in 2009 and which has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.




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