A NORTH-EAST cable maker has secured a deal with an electric wire and land cable manufacturer in Taiwan.

JDR Cables, which has a base in Hartlepool, supply subsea power cables and umbilicals to the offshore energy industry.

The firm has signed a memorandum of understanding with Taya Group, an electric wire and land cable manufacturer in Taiwan. Under the agreement, the two companies will collaborate on localisation opportunities on future renewable energy projects in the area, with a specific focus on building a stronger Taiwanese offshore wind supply chain.


Bosses say JDR will transfer key technical expertise and utilise Taya Group’s products and services in future project work. As a result of the signing, both companies will discuss areas where localisation can take place and where they can best support each other.

Gary Howland, sales manager at JDR, said: “We are thrilled to sign the MOU and to be involved in one of the most exciting and ambitious emerging markets for renewable energy.

"Taiwan’s offshore wind industry has a bright future and we are extremely proud to be a part of it. Currently we are the leading subsea cable supplier in Taiwan, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with Taya Group.”

Last month, JDR secured a contract to work on Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm.

The firm will design, manufacture and deliver 78.1 kilometres of aluminium core inter-array cables and a range of cable accessories, including repair joints and connector, after signing a contract with DEME Offshore for the SeaMade offshore wind farm.

The project is the single largest windfarm being funded and built in Belgium. When fully operational, the windfarm will supply renewable energy to 485,000 houses in Belgium and offset 700,000t of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

The new wind farm is expected to be operational by 2020.

Last year, the firm secured inter-array cables and termination work for Orsted’s record-breaking offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project Two, located in the North Sea.

When operational in 2022, the wind farm will supply clean electricity to over 1.3 million homes, and surpass its sister project Hornsea One, as the world’s largest offshore wind farm.