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Nexans to supply inter-array cables for Borssele 1&2

Borssele 1 and 2. Graphic: ├śrsted

November 7 (Renewables Now) - French cable producer Nexans (EPA:NEX) today said it has received a multimillion-euro contract to supply 66-kV inter-array cables for Ørsted SA's (CPH:ORSTED) Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farms in the Netherlands.

The two wind farms, with a combined capacity of 752 MW, are due to come online in 2020.  

Nexans will supply and install between 170 km (105.6 miles) and 190 km of subsea cable rated at a maximum operating voltage of 72.5 kV. It will also provide the relevant fittings and accessories. The company will produce the cables at Nexans Germany in Hanover for delivery in 2019, while the accessories will be made at the Nexans Euromold facility in Erembodegem, Belgium.

After the cables have been placed on the seabed, Nexans Subsea and Land Systems will connect them to the turbine bases in 2020.  

The contract is the first as part of a new five-year framework agreement recently signed by Nexans and Ørsted.

"The Borssele wind farms will be the first time that Ørsted has used Nexans new 66 kV cables for its offshore wind farms," said Vincent Dessale, Nexans senior executive vice president Subsea and Land Systems Business Group. "Operating at this increased voltage will result in lower losses than using array cabling at the normal 33 kV and 36 kV voltage level," Dessale added.

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