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Nexans wins HVDC cable contract for Canadian hydro power project

Nexans reports that it has been awarded a contract worth more than 80 million euros from Nalcor Energy for a submarine high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

A press release said that Nexans will supply and lay approximately 100 km of subsea HVDC cable and accessories to interconnect Labrador and Newfoundland, via the Strait of Belle Isle, which will deliver power from Muskrat Falls in Labrador to the island of Newfoundland. The submarine HVDC cable, it said, will form part of a new HVDC transmission link that is rated at 900 MW and will have a total length of 1,100 km. "A key purpose and rationale for this transmission link is to put in place infrastructure to bring power from Labrador to the island portion of the province to meet the growing electricity needs in the province," it said.

The HVDC cables will be manufactured at NVC, Nexans' factory in Tokyo, Japan, the release said. It noted that Nexans will supply three lengths of mass impregnated submarine power cables rated at 350 kilovolt (kV), with an integrated fiber optic element; three underground cables that will be used for the land connections at either side of the strait; and accessories comprising of joints, spares, and terminations. The subsea HVDC cables will be installed by Nexans' installation vessel, the C/S Nexans Skagerrak.

"Nexans has a well established track record in HVDC projects, in which we have supplied more than 3,000 km of submarine cables," Nexans Senior Corporate Executive Vice President Frédéric Michelland said in the release, "Following on from the recent Terna interconnection project connecting Italy with Montenegro, this contract reinforces Nexans' leading position in the global power interconnection sector and further develops our focus as a strategic supplier of high technology submarine cable solutions."

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