Major deal for cable firm

A HARTLEPOOL firm has won a major contract to provide cables for a European wind farm.

JDR Cables said the deal with German company WindMW GmbH was the start of a period of significant expansion - with Prime Minister David Cameron right behind them.

JDR, based in Greenland Road, has been selected as a partner in the Meerwind Sud/Ost Offshore Windfarm project, 13 miles north of the island of Heligoland.

Eighty wind turbines will be built by next year to generate 288 megawatts of electricity.

No financial details of JDR’s German deal have been disclosed, or of how many jobs it will create, but JDR will provide the subsea cabling for the wind farm.

Chief executive Andrew Norman said: “This is JDR’s first wind energy project in Germany and we are very pleased to have been selected by WindMW as a partner for this very important project.”

Mr Norman said he was at a global energy summit at the British Business Embassy in London this week and got a chance to talk to the Prime Minister about the project.

He said Mr Cameron was very clear in his support “for UK manufacturing in general and for energy related and export driven businesses in particular”.

JDR has enjoyed huge success since it first opened in Hartlepool in July, 2009, promising to eventually create up to 200 new jobs.

Mr Norman said: “Our investment of £30m in our manufacturing facilities in Hartlepool has created over 130 additional skilled jobs in the UK and we believe the opportunity to participate in the Meerwind offshore wind farm is just the beginning of a significant period of growth for JDR and the offshore wind industry.“

Jens Assheuer, chief executive of WindMW, said: “We are pleased to partner with JDR on our exciting project. We are sure we will benefit from JDR’s extensive experience and expertise.”