Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has been awarded a 12 million Euro contract by the Norwegian Groups StatoilHydro ASA and Statkraft for the supply of 81 km of infield cables and equipment for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. This major contract, which further reinforces Nexans' position in the renewable energy sector, follows a 24 million Euro contract awarded in 2008 for the power export cables for the same wind farm project, located around 20 km offshore from the north Norfolk coastal town of Sheringham, England.
The infield cable contract comprises the design, manufacture and supply of 81 km of 36 kV XLPE submarine power cable, including 3x1x185 mm² and 3x1x400 mm² designs. They are due for delivery from Nexans' submarine cable factory in Halden, Norway in June 2010 and will also incorporate optical fibres manufactured at Nexans' factory in Rognan, Norway.
"We are delighted to be extending our relationship with Scira Offshore Ltd*", says Yvon Raak, Nexans' Chief Corporate Officer, in charge of the Europe Area. "This latest major contract further strengthens our position in a key market where Nexans is now the leading actor."
Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm
Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm covers an area of 35 km² and is located in shallow water averaging 20 m in depth. The wind farm will be developed using 88 turbines with a unit rating of 3.6 MW. The turbines will be networked via the Nexans infield cables and connected to two substations. Total generation capacity will be 315 MW and in an average year approximately 1.1 TWh of power will be exported to the mainland by the two submarine power cables supplied by Nexans that will connect to onshore export cables. These will then connect the wind farm to the regional distribution network at Salle, where power lines will extend the connection on to the national transmission network in Norwich.
Completion and commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2011.
(*) Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm will be developed by Scira Offshore Energy Ltd, a company established expressly for this project, and owned by the Norwegian Groups StatoilHydro and Statkraft.