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Nexans wins turnkey contract to supply and install subsea power cabling

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Nexans wins turnkey contract to supply and install infield power cables for the Riffgat offshore wind farm. The contract for 33 kV submarine power cables to connect wind turbines to the offshore substation includes ancillary equipment and installation.

Nexans has been awarded a contract by the project developer Offshore-Windpark RIFFGAT GmbH & Co. KG, which is owned by Enova and EWE ENERGIE, to supply and install the infield submarine power cables and ancillary equipment for the Riffgat offshore wind farm currently under construction 15 km northwest of the German island of Borkum.

The Riffgat wind farm, covering an area of 6 km2, will comprise 30 wind turbines providing a peak capacity of 108 MW, sufficient to meet the needs of around 100,000 households. Nexans will design and manufacture just over 24 km of 33 kV XLPE submarine infield cables to interconnect the wind turbines and to link them to the offshore transformer substation.

Final delivery of the Riffgat cables will take place in Autumn 2012, while installation is scheduled to commence in July the same year.

“This is a strategically important contract to position Nexans as a leading turnkey supplier for the offshore wind farm market thanks to our proven capability to deliver the complete package of cables, accessories and installation services,” says Dirk Steinbrink, Executive Vice President High Voltage & Underwater Cable. “The Riffgat project is unusual as it is located in relatively deeper waters (18 to 23 m) than for most offshore wind farms currently under construction."

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