New offshore contract win for Hartlepool firm

JDR cables
JDR cables

A GOVERNMENT minister has praised a Hartlepool company after it won yet another major contract.

JDR will make more than 60 miles of copper core cable for the Statoil/Statkraft Dudgeon offshore wind farm, off the Norfolk coast.

The news got the backing of Business Minister, Matthew Hancock, who said: “I am delighted this contract has been awarded to JDR Cables, one of the UK’s premier offshore wind suppliers, demonstrating their success in a very competitive market.

“As part of our long-term economic plan we are working with the offshore wind industry to bolster a thriving manufacturing industry here in the UK, ensuring more energy jobs comes to our shores.

“This government backs business every step of the way and we are making it easier for them to start, succeed and grow.”

JDR’s chief executive Andrew Norman said: “The UK has led the global market for offshore wind developments. JDR has been involved right from the start with our work on the London Array and Greater Gabbard projects. We are now delighted to have been selected as inter-array cable partner for Dudgeon.”

Although the new deal won’t mean more jobs for the Hartlepool plant in Greenland Road, it is still great news for the 160-strong workforce. The Dudgeon inter-array cables will be designed by JDR’s in-house engineering team and manufactured at JDR’s Hartlepool plant.

The facility is alongside a deepwater dock that is ideally positioned for manufacture and loading out of cables for European wind farm projects.

To complete the Dudgeon package, JDR will supply a range of accessories including fibre optic patch panels and subsea repair joints.

Just last month, JDR won a 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 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.

And in May, JDR boosted its facilities when it opened a new plant in the bustling port city of Macaé in Brazil.

The plant is expected to open for business in the third quarter of this year.

JDR’s Hartlepool plant was opened in 2009 and has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.