Nexans wins 87 million Euro contract

Nexans, worldwide leader in the cable industry, has been awarded an 87 million Euro contract by Energinet and Statnett, the state-owned Transmission Systems Operators (TSOs) in Denmark and Norway.

The company will deliver the subsea power cable for Skagerrak 4 (SK 4), the fourth HVDC power interconnector between the two countries. SK 4 is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.

The new 700 MW SK 4 cable will improve security of supply in Denmark and Norway as well as contributing to an increased exchange of environmentally-friendly power with other countries via the common Nordic electric power market.

In combination with SK 1-3, also delivered by Nexans, the new cable will raise the total capacity of the Skagerrak interconnector to 1,700 MW, facilitating the export of renewable energy (especially hydro-electric generation) produced in Norway as well as helping to stimulate an increase in wind power production in Denmark.

For the SK 4 project, Nexans will design, manufacture and install the new 140 km subsea cable across the Skagerrak strait between the Jutland peninsula of Denmark and Norway.

The 500 kV HVDC cable, to be produced by the Nexans facility in Halden, Norway will be of the MIND (Mass-Impregnated Non-Draining) type and will be laid at sea-depths of up to 530 meters by Nexans’ own cable-laying vessel, the C/S Nexans Skagerrak. At the same time, Nexans will also install a separate fibre optic subsea cable produced by its factory in Rognan, Norway.

In common with the existing SK 1-3 cables, SK 4 will connect into the local onshore transmission grids at HVDC converter stations in Tjele, Denmark and Kristiansand, Norway. On the Norway side, Nexans is also providing the 12 km underground land cable that will link the subsea cable with the Kristiansand station.