Hartlepool firm plays a part in £20 billion industry

Signing their contract are (left to right) Peter Steen Ejler and Duncan Clark (Dong Energy) with Ivan Coward and John Prince (JDR Cables). Picture by FRANK REID

Signing their contract are (left to right) Peter Steen Ejler and Duncan Clark (Dong Energy) with Ivan Coward and John Prince (JDR Cables). Picture by FRANK REID

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Hartlepool is contributing to a multi-billion pound industry that will have massive benefits for Britain, campaigners have indicated.

Officials from town firm JDR Cables have signed the papers on a deal to supply cables to what will be the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.

Signing their contract are Duncan Clark (Dong Energy) (left) with Ivan Coward (JDR Cables). Picture by FRANK REID

Signing their contract are Duncan Clark (Dong Energy) (left) with Ivan Coward (JDR Cables). Picture by FRANK REID

RenewableUK, the trade body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, welcomed the massive deal.

RenewableUK’s Chief Executive, Hugh McNeal, said: “Today’s announcement shows that the offshore wind industry is delivering massive economic and industrial benefits to Britain.

“Offshore wind farm developers are committed to maximising UK content in their projects, as this contract demonstrates. The offshore wind industry is bringing well over £20 billion in investment to Britain over the course of this decade, creating thousands of jobs.

“This is happening not only in Hartlepool, but also across the UK, from Liverpool to Lowestoft and from the Isle of Wight to the Isle of Mull.”

Offshore wind farm developers are committed to maximising UK content in their projects, as this contract demonstrates. The offshore wind industry is bringing well over £20 billion in investment to Britain over the course of this decade, creating thousands of jobs

Hugh McNeal

JDR will provide more than 150 miles of cables for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.

It is enough work to last for the next three to six months for the Greenland Road plant in Hartlepool.

The deal has been awarded by DONG Energy which wants JDR to supply subsea power cables for the Hornsea Project One.

When it is finished, the Hornsea wind farm will meet the electricity needs of well over 1 million UK homes - and JDR will have supplied more than two thirds of all the cables in it.

Hornsea is based 74 miles off the Yorkshire coast.

The deal was also welcomed by Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK Energy Minister, who said: “We are building a strong, competitive UK supply chain to support our leading offshore wind industry. Businesses in the UK have greater certainty than ever before thanks to Government support.

“This agreement between JDR and DONG Energy is a great example of how this newfound certainty can drive local jobs and growth through the UK supply chain.”

JDR now employs more than 200 people and is Hartlepool’s Business of the Year.