November 20 (Renewables Now) - Paris-based Nexans SA (EPA:NEX) has added its name to the contractor list for the 496-MW Saint Brieuc offshore wind farm project in French waters after being awarded a contract to supply and install power export cables.
The cable manufacturer said Wednesday it was awarded the EUR-115-million (USD 127.2m) job by French transmission system operator (TSO) Reseau de Transport d'Electricite (RTE).
Nexans will supply two lengths of 33.5-kilometre 225-kV 3-core offshore cables and 93 kilometres of 225-kV single-core land cables. The company’s cable-laying vessel CS Skagerrak will install the offshore cables, while its Capjet system will trench them into the seabed.
The contract with RTE covers the inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) services for the offshore section of the link, Nexans said.
Nexans will manufacture the material at its facilities in Norway and Belgium and start laying the submarine cables in spring of 2022.
RTE will be responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of two 225-kV links, submarine and land, to connect the Saint Brieuc wind farm to the grid.
Nexans joins the roster of suppliers that includes the Spanish joint venture between shipbuilder Navantia and wind tower maker Windar Renovables SL, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) as the supplier of wind turbines, and jacket foundations designer Atkins Ltd, of the SNC-Lavalin Group.
The 496-MW park will occupy a 78-square-kilometre (30.1 sq miles) area in the Bay of Saint Brieuc, some 16 kilometres (9.94 miles) off the French coast. It is expected to start operations by 2023.
The project developer is Ailes Marines SAS, a partnership between Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE), with a 70% stake, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and French financial institution Caisse des Depots.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.106)