Nexans makes game-changing step connecting French and Irish grids
Project
25 November 2022
4 min
Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

Nexans has been awarded the contract for the Celtic Interconnector developed jointly by the Irish and French Transmission System Operators (EirGrid and RTE – Réseau de Transport d’Electricité). This 700 MW capacity project is the world longest XLPE interconnector to be built and the first subsea link for direct electricity exchange between France and Ireland.

The Celtic Interconnector is recognized as a project of common interest (PCI) by the European Union. It will allow the exchange of electricity between Ireland and France, supplying power to approximately 450,000 homes, and is key in developing an integrated energy system in Europe. Such a system will speed up the European energy transition by fostering the development of renewable energy resources. The project will further help the European Union achieve its energy policy and climate objectives of affordable, secure and sustainable energy for all.

The interconnection between France and Ireland will use HVDC 320 kV technology. It includes 500km subsea cable route, 40km underground route in France (Brittany), 35km underground route in Ireland (Cork County). The 400 kV HVAC 10km connection to the Irish grid is also part of the project awarded to Nexans.

The cables will be produced in Nexans’ state-of-the-art facilities. The 1,000km of subsea cables will be manufactured in Halden (Norway) and the 180km underground cables will be manufactured in Charleroi (Belgium). Accessories will be manufactured in Cortaillod (Switzerland). Proven project delivery model along with the newly built Nexans Aurora Cable Laying Vessel and key subcontractors will ensure the highest installation and protection delivery standards. The project includes the innovative bundle lay of the two HVDC power cables along with full data capacity repeated fiber optic system.

Signing the contract for the Celtic Interconnector further cements Nexans as a major player in renewable energy. We are proud to contribute to such a historic project that works directly with the European Union’s goal of electrical solidarity between Member States. Nexans is leading the way in connecting the parts of the world with the highest renewable energy potential to the parts of the world with the greatest demand for electricity. From energy generation and transmission to distribution and usages, Nexans’ solutions cover the full electrification value chain to ensure electricity can be delivered to all corners of the world securely, reliably, and efficiently.

Christopher Guérin
Christopher Guérin

CEO, Nexans

Expected to be built and energized by 2026, this major project is an important milestone in Nexans’ goal of becoming a pure electrification player. The Group keeps implementing this strategy by working on projects like the Celtic Interconnector, demonstrating its expertise and strengthening its position as a leader and an electrification pure player.

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Nexans signs Empire Wind contract to bring renewable energy to New York
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06 October 2022
3 min
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  • Nexans receives final order from Equinor/bp joint venture for U.S offshore wind export cables turnkey contract for Empire Wind 1.
  • The project is part of the larger Empire Wind offshore wind farm that will generate enough renewable energy to energize over one million homes in New York State. Over 500,000 of those homes will be powered by the cables from this contract for Empire Wind 1.
  • Equinor and bp’s Empire Wind 1 project is a significant achievement that anticipates the State’s growing need for energy and contributes to its carbon reduction roadmap.
  • The cables will be manufactured at Nexans’ facilities in Charleston, South Carolina, and Halden, Norway and will also be installed by Nexans.

Nexans, a global organization and key driver for the world’s transition to a more connected and sustainable future, today announced the execution of a significant contract for phase one of the Empire Wind Project being developed by a 50-50 partnership between Equinor and bp. This signature follows the Preferred Supplier Agreement signed in March 2021 which prompted several months of collaborative work to negotiate a turnkey contract, covering the design and manufacturing, as well as the laying and protection of export cables for the project.

The Empire Wind lease area for the first phase of the overall 2.1 gigawatt project is located about 20 miles (33km) south of Long Island and east of the Rockaways. Nexans will install the export cables over 93 miles (150km) from the offshore substation for Empire Wind 1 to landfall at South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

The Empire Wind 1 project, when completed, will deliver electricity to over 500,000 homes of the eventual over 1 million homes that will be powered by the entire Empire Wind project.

New York is one of the most aggressive states in the U.S. in terms of committing itself to create a fully carbon-free statewide economy, and offshore wind energy will likely be the main source of electricity for the state by 2035.

Signing the contract for Empire Wind 1 further establishes Nexans as a major player in renewable energy in the United States, and will alleviate added pressures on the state’s electrical grids. We look forward to continuing our relationships with Equinor and bp as we work together to electrify the future.

Christopher Guérin
Christopher Guérin

CEO, Nexans

Nexans to supply Ørsted – Eversource offshore wind project serving Connecticut and Rhode Island states
Project
10 March 2022
3 min
  • Nexans will deliver subsea export cables for Revolution Wind Farm, the second delivery of Nexans’ framework agreement to supply Ørsted and Eversource in the US. This award follows the cable installation contract announced in March 2022.
  • Ørsted-Eversource is developing the Revolution Wind Farm that will generate clean energy to power more than 350,000 homes in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • Local construction will begin in 2023 and the project is expected to be fully operational in 2025.
  • The contract is signed while Nexans has organized a day of key conversations focused on sustainability for Climate Week in New York and this contract shows its commitment to developing electrification that serves the local community.

Nexans, a global organization and key driver for the world’s transition to a more connected and sustainable energy future, today announced the finalization of a second U.S.-based contract with Ørsted and Eversource to supply the export cable system for the Revolution Wind Farm. Located more than 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast and 32 miles east of the Connecticut coast, the project will connect the wind farm to the onshore grid.

The 704 MW Revolution Wind Farm will help both states achieve their ongoing commitments to develop offshore wind and address their energy needs, delivering electricity to more than 350,000 homes. By eliminating potential future emissions, the historic project will replace close to one million metric tons of carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking more than 200,000 cars off the road annually.

Revolution will be the 3rd project to be delivered from our continuously expanding Charleston, South Carolina facility confirming Nexans leadership in the US market.

The agreement was signed in December 2019 to accelerate the energy transition in North America by bringing Nexans’ industry-leading subsea cable technology to the U.S.

Establishing our footprint in the United States and furthering our commitment to the U.S. offshore wind industry is at the core of our business operations. We have made several investments to deliver subsea transmission cables that are manufactured and installed in America, and the partnership with Ørsted and Eversource is the first step in bolstering supply chains with strong, local partners. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible as innovation is crucial to meet the needs of a territory as large as the United States. Closely aligning with our mission to electrify the future, Nexans is proud to support this important work in the clean energy sector and expedite our journey to net zero.

Ragnhild Katteland

Former EVP Subsea & Land Systems, Nexans

Nexans to support Germany’s energy transition by electrifying BorWin 6 for TenneT
Project
07 July 2022
3 min
Subsea cable
  • Nexans has been awarded a turnkey contract for the manufacturing and installation of the record length direct current (DC) subsea and land cables for BorWin 6 by TenneT.
  • The 235-kilometer-long 320 kV direct current connection will transmit up to 980MW from the BorWin cluster.
  • The BorWin cluster will have a transmission capacity of nearly 4GW when finished, enough to supply around 5 million German households and is a key enabler of Germany’s Energy transition – Energiewende.
  • The contract further solidifies Nexans as a leader in the global transition to clean energy.

The German energy transition is one of the largest projects that Germany has undertaken. The country, striving towards energy independence, wants to move away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources of energy, fundamentally changing the energy supply. Germany has invested heavily in renewables such as offshore wind energy, generated far out at sea, which is expected to be an essential building block for the energy supply of the future. Germany is seeking to increase offshore wind capacity, targeting 30GW, by 2030 and for their energy mix to consist of 80% renewable energy in the same time frame. The BorWin6 project will help Germany achieve these milestones. By 2027 the thirteen, then completed, DC grid connections in the North Sea will have a transmission capacity of over 10.5 GW, enough to supply around 13 million households in Germany with renewable energy.

To electrify the BorWin6 project, Nexans will manufacture, install and protect 320 kV DC XLPE 1 core cables to our customer, TenneT. The subsea part, manufactured in Nexans’ flagship site in Halden, Norway will be 2x190km and the land part, manufactured in Nexans’ site in Charleroi, Belgium, 2×46 km. The HVDC-link will be a 320kV in a bipol bundle. The contract includes full Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) turnkey offering.

BorWin6 is TenneT’s last 320kV HVDC project to connect the remaining almost 1GW from BorWin Cluster in the German North Sea to the onshore grid. The project is included in German Area development plan (FEP from BSH) and will start operations in 2027.

The commitment to innovation and sustainability, focus on electrification and our recent investments (Aurora cable laying vessel, expansion of Halden plant) dedicated to HVDC projects position Nexans as a major player of the energy transition.

We are delighted to once again be trusted by our valuable partner, TenneT to contribute to this groundbreaking project in Germany’s energy supply and accelerate the energy transition in Germany.

Ragnhild Katteland

Former EVP Subsea & Land Systems in Nexans, Nexans

Facts and figures on BorWin6

BorWin6 will have an output of 980 megawatts off the coast of Borkum. With 190 kilometers of submarine cable, it will be the longest submarine cable route to date of TenneT’s grid connections. On land, the cable will be laid parallel to the routes of the HelWin1+2 and SylWin1 projects, whose onshore converters are also located in Büttel.

  • 235 kilometer long connection using high-voltage direct current transmission technology (HVDC) with a maximum transmission capacity of 980 megawatts
  • 45 kilometers of land cable, 190 kilometers of submarine cable
  • Grid connection point: Büttel (Schleswig-Holstein)
  • Planned commissioning 2027.
Nexans inaugurates AmpaCity, the global innovation hub in Lyon, France dedicated to decarbonized electrification
Innovation
29 June 2022
Nexans AmpaCity inauguration


  • A symbol of Nexans’ ambition to become a pure player in electrification, AmpaCity brings approximately 100 engineers, researchers and technicians together to work on the electrical technology of the future.
  • Nexans invested €20 million in this new 6,000 m2 R&D site.
  • With new digital services, data tools, and the integration of recycled materials, this hub brings together diverse minds to develop innovations for safer, more sustainable and decarbonized electricity.

Nexans has been operating in Lyon, France for 120 years and today inaugurates AmpaCity, its new global innovation hub dedicated to low-carbon electrification.

This is where the Group is developing a portfolio of nearly 1,800 patents, with 80 filed every year. Nexans is one of the most innovative European companies in its sector, recognized as such by its customers and partners, present today in Lyon.

AmpaCity demonstrates the Group’s ambition to become a pure player in electrification and to meet the challenges of an electrified world that will require:

  1. An increase in the distribution of electricity where demand could rise by up to 40% by 2040;
  2. Improving reliability, resilience, and security of electric grids to better sustain the increase of demand, many of which date from the 1950s-1960s;
  3. Accelerating installation projects and guaranteeing competitiveness and accessibility of electricity by developing networks and interconnections between countries;
  4. Reducing the impact on the environment and the promotion of decarbonization in order to combat global warming and act as a responsible partner, in particular through the continuous use of innovative materials.

The 6,000 m² site, which includes 4,500 m² of laboratories, received 20 million euros in investment and brings together around a hundred experts in electrical insulation performance, developing materials with a reduced environmental impact, cable systems that limit fire risks, and digital solutions for monitoring electrical networks. The teams are international, with eight different nationalities represented.

At AmpaCity, Nexans is inventing new, efficient, sustainable, and recyclable materials. The Group has made a firm commitment to recycling 100% of its production waste by 2030, while increasing the quality, properties, and longevity of the materials used.

In terms of fire safety, Nexans is developing electrical cables for the buildings of the future that are more fire-resistant than today, more efficient and with better functionality, with exposure to more than 1000 degrees Celsius, and is continuing to supply safety devices such as alarms, fire doors and emergency lighting for fires.

Another major innovation presented today is Nexans’ superconductor cable. It’s powerful and discreet, measuring less than 20 centimeters in diameter and can carry up to 3 GW of electricity, i.e. the equivalent power of 3 nuclear reactors.

Nexans is the first cable and solutions provider to have combined its expertise with that of asset management professionals. Thanks to the digital and smart tools implemented by the Group, operators can anticipate risks and monitor the state of networks from anywhere, avoiding blackouts and other major failures, particularly in cities and at stations and ports.

I am particularly proud to inaugurate AmpaCity, in the historical birthplace of Nexans in France. It is here that our teams, in collaboration with our partners, imagine and develop solutions to meet all the challenges of future electrification. Our reliable, sustainable and innovative solutions allow us to tackle the challenges of supporting the increasing demand for electricity and being a key player in the energy revolution, on a global scale.

Christopher Guérin
Christopher Guérin

CEO, Nexans

This research and innovation center showcases the Group’s innovative spirit. Our teams are always looking for ways to optimize grid performance in terms of power, efficiency, safety and sustainability. They do so through a collaborative and inclusive process with our partners, involving a community of more than 800 people internationally.

Jérôme Fournier
Jérôme Fournier

Corporate Vice President for Innovation, Services and Growth, Nexans

This event dove into future of electricity, with numerous demonstrations organized in the presence of public figures and partners, including Microsoft and Cosmo Tech. Fabrice Amedeo, French skipper of the Vendée Globe Challenge 2021 who participated in the last double handed Transat Jacques Vabre and recently returned from the Vendée Arctique, also highlighted his scientific and oceanographic project development with the help of Nexans.

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Matteo Caldognetto, Sonepar, about AmpaCity

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Matteo Caldognetto, Sonepar, about AmpaCity

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Fabrice Amedeo about AmpaCity

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