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Nexans gets repeat of submarine cable order for wind farm

Nexans reports that it has won a further order from DONG Energy, through its subsidiary, Westermost Rough, Ltd., to supply 53 km medium-voltage submarine cables for the Westermost Rough wind farm, which is to be built eight km off the Holderness coast in Yorkshire.

A press release said that the new order represents the third one from an initial deal Nexans won in 2011 to deliver DONG Energy, a Danish business, up to 900 km of medium-voltage submarine cables for wind farm projects. Per that deal,  the company can take delivery of up to 150 km of Nexans high-performance cables every year for further offshore wind farms. The two prior orders, it said, were for the West of Duddon Sands wind farm and the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm.

The current order, the release said, is for three-wire VPE-insulated cable with a PE sheath and armoring, as well as a shield area with longitudinal and transverse waterproofing designed to withstand the challenging underwater requirements. The cable, it said, will be used for connecting individual wind turbines to each other and to the transformer platform, with a further two km of cable to be delivered for the internal platform cabling. Delivery is scheduled to begin in spring 2014.

The offshore wind farm will be constructed and subsequently operated by the Westermost Rough subsidiary, the release said. "Upon completion, 35 wind turbines, each with an output of six MW, will be located north-east of the Humber estuary in the North Sea. Following commissioning, which is scheduled for 2014, Westermost Rough will generate 210 MW of clean energy over an area of 35-square km, enough to supply around 160,000 households in Britain with power."

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