Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has been awarded a major contract by J. Ray McDermott Middle East, Inc. to supply high voltage submarine power cables for a Saudi Aramco project to upgrade the crude oil gathering and power supply facilities in the Arabian Gulf.
McDermott has contracted Nexans to supply the 230 kV and 115 kV power cables required for this project. The new tie-in platform will be powered from shore in Saudi Arabia by a 230 kV submarine XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) insulated cable. It will feature three power cores, each with a copper cross-section of 630 mm2 together with one 48 SMFO (single mode fibre optic) element. The modified tie-in platform will be connected to shore by a 115 kV XLPE cable with three power cores, each with a copper cross-section of 400 mm2 and one 48 SMFO element.
The high voltage cables will be manufactured in Nexans' specialized submarine power cable facility in Halden, Norway for delivery in 2012. Fibre optic elements will be produced in Rognan, another Nexans Norwegian unit. The group is also supplying a variety of specialized accessories for the installation of the cables such as repair joints, sealing ends and terminations.
"It is an important development for Nexans to be involved in this project because it takes the supply of power from shore to the offshore production platforms to a new level," says Krister Granlie, Nexans Managing Director Umbilicals and Submarine High Voltage Business Group. "Winning this major contract from McDermott is further confirmation of Nexans as the cable supplier of choice for strategic submarine power links."