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July 29, 2021

Nexans to supply cable for Equinor floating solar plant in Norway

Upon completion, the plant will be the world's first floating solar power facility to operate in rough offshore waters.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

French cable supplier Nexans has secured a contract from Equinor to provide a power export cable for Equinor’s first floating solar plant in Norway.

For the pilot project, located offshore from Frøya, Nexans will deliver a 22kW export cable to connect the platform on the shallow waters to land.

The 5km-long cable, manufactured at Nexans’ plant in Rognan, will have a three-core cable design, which is claimed to be suitable for offshore wind farm and fish farming installations.

Nexans will use its knowledge of wind offshore projects to deliver a reliable power cable.

The 80m² plant will be developed less than 3m above sea level and have a set of solar panels, which will have the capacity to generate up to 1MW of clean energy.

Scheduled to come online in December, the pilot project will be the world’s first floating solar plant to operate in rough offshore waters.

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Nexans Submarine Telecom and Special Cables business unit vice-president Krister Granlie said: “Our mission for Nexans is to electrify the world, which means exploring every possible opportunity to help develop new sources of green energy.

“So we are delighted to be working once again with Equinor on a truly exciting project that further extends the boundaries of what might be possible in generating renewable energy offshore.”

Last month, Nexans secured a contract from SSE Renewables to supply 800km of underground cables for the Viking Wind Farm in Scotland.

The 33kV cables will create an inter-array connection for 103 wind turbines at the site, as well as exporting the power generated by the wind facility.

Renewable energy will be transferred from the facility to the main substation before being fed into the interconnector, which will transfer it to the UK grid.

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