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November 20, 2018

Nexans wins €150m cable contract for Hornsea UK wind farm

Nexans, a French manufacturer of copper and optical fibre cable products, has won more than €150m contract from the Danish power company Ørsted.

French manufacturer of cabling equipment Nexans has won a €150m export cable system contract from Danish power company Ørsted for the Hornsea UK wind farm.

Under the contract, Nexans will supply more than 200km of 245kV cross-linked polyethylene insulated (XLPE) nearshore export cable system for Ørsted’s Hornsea Two project.

Nexans subsea and land systems business group senior executive vice-president Vincent Dessale said: “For the last decades, Nexans has been a key actor in the offshore wind market, known for its technical leadership in providing turnkey cabling solutions for new generations of offshore wind farms.

“Building on our expertise and long-standing partnership with Ørsted, we are delighted to contribute to the construction of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.”

Nexans’ three-core high voltage alternating current (HVAC) submarine cables will be used to bring the electricity onshore produced by the wind farm.

The cables will form part of the nearshore section of the export circuits that connect the wind farm’s reactive power substation to the onshore substation.

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Nexans noted that the new cable will follow a similar route to Hornsea One UK wind farm, and will make landfall at Horseshoe Point from where land cables will feed the power to North Killingholme onshore substation.

For the Hornsea One project, Nexans Norway supplied 139km of three-phase 36kV subsea cable, which inter-linked a total of 58 wind turbines and connecting them to the offshore transformer station.

Located in the North Sea, approximately 89 km from the Yorkshire coast, Ørsted’s 1.4GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm will be the world’s largest once it starts operating.

Hornsea Two is a sister project to Hornsea One and will be able to generate enough electricity to power more than 1.3 million homes.

Currently, Ørsted is constructing the project, which is expected to be completed by 2022.

Earlier this month, the company announced a 14% rise in earnings for its third quarter, noting, in particular, the strong performance of its wind segment.

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