Nexans wins export cable contract

Nexans will supply a subsea power cable and associated accessories for the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in Belgium. Once up and running the offshore wind farm will provide electricity to power around 220,000 Belgian homes.

Paris La Défense, October 16, 2018 – Pursuing an active exit strategy from nuclear power, the Belgian government is set to double the area of the country’s North Sea waters made available to offshore wind parks after 2020. The country already has four offshore wind parks that produce 871 MW of power and wants to increase that capacity to 2.2 GW by 2020 and to 4 GW by 2030. Leading the way in this transition is Parkwind, the Belgian company that develops, finances, builds and operates offshore wind farms. In the framework of Parkwind’s project Northwester 2, Nexans has been awarded contract to design, manufacture and test the submarine power export cable for the offshore wind farm.

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The 219 MW Northwester 2 wind farm project is located 46 km offshore from Zeebrugge, a subdivision of Bruges. Comprising 23 turbines, it will be the seventh wind farm to be constructed off the Belgian coast. It will also be the first offshore wind farm to feature the world’s most powerful wind turbine - the 9.5 MW V164 turbine manufactured by MHI Vestas.

Nexans Norway team will help with testing
Nexans’ export cable will bring the renewable power from Northwester 2 wind farm to the Elia-owned Offshore Switch Yard (OSY) platform connected to Modular Offshore Grid (MOG). The three-core HVAC cable, rated at 220 kV, with state-of-the-art XLPE insulation will be supplied by Nexans in one length. Cable testing and termination works will then be carried out by the Nexans Norway team.

The submarine cable is to be manufactured in early 2019 in the Nexans Norway facility in Halden, Norway, while the associated accessories will be delivered by Nexans Switzerland plant located in Cortaillod, Switzerland.

A contribution to reducing emissions
The Northwester 2 wind farm is expected to make a significant contribution to Europe’s Climate and Energy Policy, saving around 500,000  tonnes of carbon per year, equivalent to the emissions of 170,000 cars.
We are delighted to extend our relationship with Parkwind and contribute to the Northwester 2 project that will play a major role in Belgium’s energy transition,” said Vincent Dessale, Nexans Senior Executive Vice President Subsea and Land Systems Business Group.“Building on the expertise and know-how demonstrated in previous projects, notably Northwind and Belwind, our goal is to deliver a state-of-the-art cable for Parkwind’s latest wind farm, further ensuring the reliability of the offshore grid.”
The Northwester 2 wind farm is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2020.


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As a global leader in advanced cabling and connectivity solutions, Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of best-in-class products and innovative services. For over 120 years, innovation has been the company’s hallmark, enabling Nexans to drive a safer, smarter and more efficient future together with its customers. Today, the Nexans Group is committed to facilitating energy transition and supporting the exponential growth of data by empowering its customers in four main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities, smart grids, e­mobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, submarine interconnections, land high voltage), Telecom & Data (covering data transmission, telecom networks, hyperscale data centers, LAN), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, Oil & Gas, automation, and others). Corporate Social Responsibility is a guiding principle of Nexans’ business activities and internal practices. In 2013 Nexans became the first cable provider to create a Foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Group’s commitment to developing ethical, sustainable and high-quality cables drives its active involvement within several leading industry associations, including Europacable, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), International Cablemakers Federation (ICF) or CIGRE to mention a few. Nexans employs more than 26,000 people with industrial footprint in 34 countries and commercial activities worldwide. In 2017, the Group generated 6.4 billion euros in sales. Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, visit: