More growth for cable firm

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A CABLE firm with a flourishing Hartlepool base has announced more growth.

JDR Cables has revealed a new German subsidiary called JDR Cable Systems GmbH.

It will include a Hamburg office and the move comes after JDR won its first German contract to supply subsea power cables for the Meerwind Sud/Ost offshore wind farm from Hartlepool, as reported by the Mail in August.

JDR, based in Greenland Road in Hartlepool, 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 around 70 miles of subsea cabling for the wind farm.

JDR chief executive Andrew Norman said: “Our new German operation is just the beginning of JDR’s investment in Germany as we work to deliver on our first contract with WindMW and develop our role in the industry-leading German renewables market.

“The Meerwind wind farm is an exceptionally promising development.

“It is part of an exciting growth phase in the wind energy market, which is an increasingly important contributor to global power generation.

“The Meerwind project alone will produce enough electricity to supply 360,000 households and will help Germany eliminate approximately one million tons of carbon emissions per year”.

The cables will link 80 individual 3.6 megawatt turbine generators with offshore substations that will generate 288 megawatts of electricity. The Meerwind project is expected to be completed in 2013.

Sebastian Schmidt, the chief financial officer of WindMW, said: “WindMW is glad to have such a competent partner on board.

“We are sure that we will be able to meet all targeted schedules with the commitment of all project participants involved.”

All of JDR’s subsea cables are manufactured at its facility in Hartlepool.