Leverkusen – Covestro signed contract with UK’s subsea cable maker Tekmar Energy in June to jointly develop cable protection systems (CPS) using polyurethane elastomers for China’s offshore wind farms.
Covestro will provide elastomer casting machinery, elastomer systems as well as processing know-how for the CPS, including bend stiffeners, bend restrictors and other products, used to project subsea energy cables against external forces such as the wave and tidal action.
Many of Tekmar’s products use the Teklink CPS, developed by the company based on Covestro’s Desmodur and Baytec materials. Over 4,200 CPS have been supplied across seven countries and three continents, including the Gemini project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.
“We both established our technologies as the reference point for cable protection for offshore wind farms in Europe. We aim to build on these successes and act as vanguard in China,” said Michael Friede, ceo of Covestro Elastomers.
China’s offshore wind farm market is set to grow towards 10 GW of capacity in the next three to five years. “We look forward to working in collaboration with Covestro, which has resources and facilities in Shanghai that will help us to develop this emerging market,” said Tekmar’s ceo James Ritchie.