Nexans signs two memorandums of understanding with the Moroccan government for a new cable plant in Morocco
14 December 2023
4 min
  • Two agreements have been signed with Morocco’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies, National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), and Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency (AMDIE) to build a new medium-voltage cable plant in the country involving a total investment of €100 million, by 2026.
  • With the goal of supporting the energy transition in Morocco and Africa, the project is expected to create more than 200 direct jobs.

Nexans and the Moroccan Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies, the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) and the Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency (AMDIE), signed two agreements involving a €100 million as a total investment plan to build the company’s third plant for medium-voltage cable in Morocco by 2026, in addition to its facilities in Casablanca and Mohammedia.

Strengthening Nexans’ commitment to the energy transition in Morocco and across Africa, the project is expected to create more than 200 direct jobs and will benefit from the backing of the Moroccan Ministries, the ONEE and the AMDIE. Moreover, it will meet the Group’s standards of excellence, in line with its Industry 4.0 digitalization and sustainability goals, and will deliver cables to Africa.

This project is aligned with the High Instructions of His Majesty, King Mohammed VI. Currently a leader in the region and across Africa in the deployment of renewable energy infrastructure, Morocco aims to consolidate the entire industrial ecosystem in the years to come. Through this transformative project, Morocco and Nexans are working together to strengthen the development of the renewable energy industry value chain in the Kingdom and to promote technical advancement in the local industrial fabric.

Once again, I commend Morocco’s outstanding leadership in bringing the benefits of sustainable electrification to all. I am delighted with this new phase in our relations, which boosts our presence in the country, where we have been operating for more than 75 years, alongside our plants in Mohammedia and Casablanca. This project, bringing together public and private players, sets out to achieve, from the very start, ecological and human commitments, thereby unlocking significant economic potential for all of Africa.

Christopher Guérin
Christopher Guérin

CEO, Nexans

This project is central to the key directives of the roadmap issued on High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, which were reiterated last March. I would like to express my praise for the support of the Ministries, which made this agreement possible. We are proud to strengthen our presence in Morocco.

Selma Alami
Selma Alami

Managing Director, Nexans North & West Africa

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Nexans to support the UK’s energy transition with the supply and installation of high voltage cables to link the Orkney Islands to the Scottish mainland
16 October 2023
4 min
Orkney Islands
  • Nexans has signed a capacity reservation agreement with Scottish transmission owner SSEN Transmission to supply and install approximately 100 km of 220 kV high-voltage cables, both onshore and offshore.
  • These cables will provide a transmission connection from Orkney to the Scottish mainland at Dounreay on the north coast of Scotland.
  • The Orkney Islands represent a major source of renewable electricity potential, and its connection to the mainland will help decarbonize the UK’s electricity production.

Nexans, a leader in the design and manufacturing of cable systems and services, announces that it has been selected by SSEN Transmission to supply and install the high-voltage cables that will provide a transmission link from Orkney to Dounreay in the Scottish Highlands. A capacity reservation agreement has been signed between both parties and Nexans has committed to reserve manufacturing and installation capacity for a significant contract to be signed in 2024.

An essential project for the renewable energy transition in the UK

In recent years, the Orkney Islands have made significant investments to develop the generation of electricity from renewable sources. Existing and planned renewable energy projects on the islands will generate more electricity than can be consumed or exported with the existing grid infrastructure. With this increased generation capacity due to come online in the coming years, connecting Orkney to the Scottish transmission network has become a necessity to be able to export this renewable electricity and increase the proportion of low-carbon electricity in the UK.

The 220 kV AC subsea and land cables supplied by Nexans will play a decisive role in the energy transition in the UK, illustrating the Group’s commitment to the electrification of the world.

A decisive partnership with SSEN Transmission

This success demonstrates the quality of the solutions provided by Nexans and the technical expertise of its teams, whose collaboration with SSEN Transmission over the last few years has been of the highest quality. The agreement is an important step in our partnership with SSEN Transmission, which will continue until the official signing of the contract in the second quarter of 2024.

This agreement will enable Nexans to further expand its presence in the UK and confirms its ambition to build strong relationships worldwide with strategic companies such as SSEN Transmission, a major player in electrification.

This agreement marks a significant milestone for Nexans and we look forward to collaborating closely with SSEN Transmission. The Orkney transmission link is critical for the development of renewable energy in the UK, and underscores our commitment to advancing electrification and renewable energy in the region.

Pascal Radue
Pascal Radue

EVP Generation and Transmission, Nexans

We are delighted to have successfully secured the manufacturing and installation capacity with Nexans for the Orkney transmission link, a key milestone to support the timely delivery of this project. We now look forward to working closely in partnership with Nexans to conclude contractual arrangements and cement our strong working relationship as we work together to further unlock Orkney’s vast renewable potential.

Sandy Mactaggart

Director of Offshore Delivery, SSEN Transmission

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Nexans completes sale of its Telecom Systems business, Aginode, to Syntagma Capital
31 October 2023
2 min

Nexans announces today the completion of the sale of its Telecom Systems business, rebranded to Aginode, to Syntagma Capital, a Belgium-based private equity fund.

This transaction marks a final step in Nexans’ exit from the telecom and data activity in line with its strategy to simplify its activities to amplify its impact in Electrification markets.

Nexans awarded Copper Mark label for responsible copper production
26 September 2023
4 min
copper wire and manufacturing machine
  • Nexans production facilities in Montreal (Canada) and Lens (France) have been awarded the Copper Mark in recognition of responsible and sustainable copper rod production practices.
  • The Copper Mark works with partners to help increase the amount of responsibly produced and sourced copper around the world.
  • This recognition highlights Nexans’ overall commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Group’s initiatives to be on the forefront regarding crucial issues such as copper responsible production.

Nexans, a leader in the design and manufacturing of cable systems and services, announced today that its Montreal (Canada) and Lens (France) metallurgy facilities have been awarded The Copper Mark.

This recognition demonstrates Nexans’ contribution to sustainable development and provides a comprehensive social and environmental assurance program for copper rod production. Nexans is one of the first cable manufacturers and rod mill operators to receive this award in North America and Europe.

Nexans’ Montreal and Lens sites obtained the Copper Mark label following a site-level evaluation conducted by independent audit firms. Both sites have been assessed against the 32 internationally recognized sustainability criteria including environmental, social, and governance standards.

The Copper Mark is the only organization working diligently to ensure sustainable production of copper and whose focus on social and environmental responsibility mirror those of Nexans. Being awarded this label is key at a time when Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming a key component of the metals and mining Industry.

Christophe Allain

Global Portfolio Director Non-Ferrous Metals, Nexans

In the fight against climate change, solutions that support the world’s energy transition make a real difference. Copper rod responsible production is a key component to this goal. This is why we are thrilled to be awarded the Copper Mark, an organization that shares the same values as ours. We look forward to continuing our metallurgy initiatives in our facilities to create a more sustainable future. This achievement has been possible thanks the dedication of our 272 collaborators working in the Lens and Montreal sites.

Vincent Dessale
Vincent Dessale

Chief Operating Officer Senior Executive VP, Nexans

Copper is a crucial part of the renewable energy transition as it is a primary component in electrification. As countries attempt to reach net-zero goals, copper demand is expected to soar in the future. Nexans’ responsibility is to make sure this increasing demand will be met according to responsible production practices. The Copper Mark recognition fully highlights Nexans’ position at the forefront of the sustainable electrification of the world. The Group has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2008 and has been including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) priorities since then.

Nexans will soon launch the same process in order to seek to obtain the Copper Mark label for its two other rod mill facilities in Peru and Chile.

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With the OPHELIA project, Nexans and its partners CNR, Schneider Electric, SNCF, and SuperGrid Institute drive innovation and launch a solar canopy demonstrator along the ViaRhôna
31 August 2023
7 min

The OPHELIA research project aims to promote the development of linear photovoltaic power plants by installing solar panels on long, narrow land surfaces (running alongside dikes, roads, railways, etc.). Selected in 2023 as the winner of the “DEMO TASE” call for proposals launched by the French Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME), and developed by five partners (CNR, Nexans, Schneider Electric, SNCF, and SuperGrid Institute), OPHELIA is a research project focused on the electrical architecture of linear photovoltaic power plants and their integration into the built environment.

A solar canopy demonstrator will be deployed over a near-900-meter section of the ViaRhôna—a cycling route following the Rhône River—in the Vaucluse department by 2028.

Set to showcase a truly disruptive technology, the OPHELIA project will help accelerate regional photovoltaic development without creating any land-use conflicts, as it will make use of linear land that has already been developed.

Representing an investment of over €20 million, the OPHELIA project is funded by the French State as part of the France 2030 investment plan—executed by ADEME—and holds labels awarded by the Tenerrdis and i-Trans industrial clusters.

Projet Ophélia

A promising future for linear photovoltaic power plants

Though faced with a scarcity of land available for new projects, the photovoltaic industry remains key to hitting the energy transition targets set by the French State. Long linear photovoltaic power plants provide a response to land scarcity, as they help optimize the use of long, narrow land surfaces and structures that have already been designated for other uses (dikes, spaces alongside railways, roads, cycle paths, etc.), leaving natural spaces as they are. The wedges of land in question retain their original use while electricity production becomes a complementary activity. France’s gross development potential is estimated at more than 60,000 kilometers, corresponding to an installed capacity of nearly 60 GWp.

With the OPHELIA project, CNR and its partners will be testing a medium-voltage direct current electrical architecture and paving the way for the development of projects on long linear land, spanning at least 20 kilometers.

Disruptive technology developed for long-distance power transmission

In line with two of the photovoltaic industry’s goals, the OPHELIA project aims to exploit linear land running alongside existing infrastructure and reduce long cable-related electrical losses by developing technological building blocks that make it possible to replace alternating current with medium-voltage direct current (MVDC).

OPHELIA is an innovative R&D project comprising electrical architecture design, prototype production, and on-site testing, and involving five partners—CNR (the project coordinator), Nexans, Schneider Electric, SNCF, and SuperGrid Institute.

Demonstrator characteristics

The demonstrator will consist of a series of three solar canopies, installed over around 900 meters of the ViaRhôna cycling route—which follows the Rhône River—in Caderousse in the Vaucluse department. Expected to have an installed capacity of around 900 kWp (generating enough electricity to meet the annual needs of approximately 700 people), the demonstrator will comprise 30 solar canopy structures. The panels will be angled toward the east and the west, forming a roof.

The partners involved in the project will be given the opportunity to design and conduct on-site testing of an electrical architecture and all the equipment required to transmit MVDC electricity from the point of production to the point of delivery.

The construction and testing phases are scheduled to take place between 2025 and 2028, following three years of engineering design studies, R&D, and prototype development.

An innovation-focused project supported by the French State and executed by ADEME

The OPHELIA project was selected as the winner of the “Technologies Avancées pour les Systèmes Énergétiques : DEMO TASE” call for proposals launched by ADEME in 2022.

Representing a total investment of over €20 million, the project is co-funded by the French State (contributing around 40% of funding) as part of the France 2030 investment plan, which is being executed by ADEME in a bid to enhance the country’s industrial competitiveness and future technology development.

This funding is key to supporting the partners involved in developing this large-scale R&D project. OPHELIA has also been awarded labels by the Tenerrdis and i-Trans industrial clusters.

The Rhône Valley offers the perfect natural conditions to explore new innovative and promising technologies capable of meeting regions’ renewable energy needs and local stakeholders’ expectations. This demonstrator, developed with our partners, forms part of CNR’s “Photovoltaïque Grand Linéaire” innovation program, designed to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of long photovoltaic power plants, stretching several kilometers. It provides a response to the need to integrate new solutions into a restrictive built environment and paves the way for the development of projects on long linear land, spanning at least 20 kilometers.

Frédéric Storck

Head of Energy Transition and Innovation, CNR

Max-André Delannoy

Nexans is proud to be involved in the OPHELIA project to develop a new, optimized electrical architecture for linear photovoltaic power plants. The replacement of alternating current by medium-voltage direct current for power transmission purposes marks a technological breakthrough that reduces power losses. Innovation capable of facilitating the energy transition and sustainable electrification is a key focus for us as well as a means of developing new solutions like this demonstrator, helping to reduce our impact on the environment.

Max-André Delannoy

Technical and Innovation Vice President, Nexans

Direct current represents a new technological horizon in the field of medium-voltage power transmission after more than 100 years of development focusing on alternating current. It should facilitate better grid integration of certain applications like long linear photovoltaic power plants, promoting significant development of renewables while avoiding land take. Schneider Electric’s purpose is to empower everyone to make the most of its energy and resources, bridging the gap between progress and sustainability for all. That’s why we’re particularly proud to be involved in this project to provide the technical building blocks for more efficient interconnections between production and distribution facilities.

Christophe Prévé

Chief Technical Officer of Medium Voltage Offers, Schneider Electric

Photovoltaic energy generation is a key priority for SNCF, as it enables us to cover some of our energy needs while contributing to the collective effort to strengthen France’s energy sovereignty. By testing the operation of solar panels on a long stretch of land, OPHELIA is paving the way for the use of railside land. This project therefore fully aligns with the strategy adopted by the Group, which has just launched “SNCF Renouvelables”, our new photovoltaic development subsidiary, to generate carbon-free energy on our land.

Carole Desnost

Director of Technology, Innovation and Projects, SNCF Group

The OPHELIA project is fully aligned with SuperGrid Institute’s mission of providing technological innovations to accelerate the development of future power grids and the massive integration of renewable energy. We are very proud to be contributing to this project with our expertise on innovative power conversion systems and our testing facilities. By improving efficiency, limiting the consumption of raw materials and reducing the overall footprint of the conversion solution, new converter technologies are at the heart of unlocking the full potential of linear land electricity production.

Dr. Piotr Dworakowski

Power Convertors Team Leader, SuperGrid Institute

Nexans to build third generation cable laying vessel to drive global energy transition
25 July 2023
4 min
CLV Nexans Electra
  • Nexans is investing in a new cutting-edge cable laying vessel to support a record project backlog and meet future needs in a booming offshore wind and interconnection market.
  • This unique and pioneering vessel builds on the capabilities of the Nexans Aurora, with an enhanced loading capacity and the ability to lay four cables simultaneously.
  • This vessel will be delivered in 2026.

Nexans, a world leader in the cable system design, manufacturing and services, has announced an expansion in its presence in the offshore wind and interconnection market, by adding a third cable laying vessel to its fleet.

This strategic decision will allow the Group to meet the increasing demand for electrification, especially in the American and European markets, driven by a record project backlog and recently strengthened by the historic €1.7 billion contract with TenneT, and €1.43 billion contract for EuroAsia Interconnector project.

This new strategic asset will also directly and indirectly create hundreds of jobs worldwide during its construction and operational period.

A new ship with unprecedented capabilities

Building upon the cutting-edge technology featured on Nexans’ flagship vessel, the Nexans Aurora, this new ship goes further with improved design, comfort and capabilities. Equipped with three turntables, offering a 13,500-tonne loading capacity, and hosting a large range of subsea tooling including jetting and ploughing tools, this vessel will be capable of laying up to four cables simultaneously to meet specific customer requirements, especially on large-scale projects.

By adding this vessel to its fleet, Nexans is also enhancing its versatility and flexibility covering a widening geographical footprint.

From an environmental standpoint, the new vessel with its increased load capacity, an advanced hybrid power system and capable of running on biodiesel mix, will offer a significant reduced footprint, reflecting the Group’s strategic environmental vision.

Vincent Dessale

This new vessel will be the most technologically advanced cable layer ever deployed. Fitted with a range of high-tech cable installation and burial equipment, it will enhance the capabilities of our subsea cable operations to tackle projects on an unprecedented scale. This new strategic asset will support the Group’s long-term growth, consolidating its leadership in the interconnection and offshore markets. It perfectly embodies Nexans’ strategy to electrify the future, and its innovative features illustrate our ever-increasing commitment to meeting our partners’ needs.

Vincent Dessale

Chief Operations Officer and Senior EVP, Nexans

Nexans wins record-breaking contract for the EuroAsia Interconnector
19 July 2023
4 min
Nexans CLV Skagerrak
  • Nexans is awarded the turnkey contract for the section of the EuroAsia Interconnector that connects Greece and Cyprus.
  • The interconnector will deliver up to 2,000 MW of energy to Europe and will be the largest interconnector project in history, supplying over 3 million homes with electricity.
  • This major contract, valued at €1.43 billion, sets multiple records including the longest and deepest cables ever laid, each with a length of 900 km that will be supplied and installed by Nexans Aurora and Nexans Skagerrak cable laying vessels, and run across the Mediterranean Sea floor at depths of over 3,000 meters.
  • Through a variety of ongoing global projects, Nexans is pushing the boundaries of its strategy and the EuroAsia Interconnector will be a game-changing step in the energy transition.

In a historic first, Nexans, a world leader in the design and manufacturing of cable systems and services, has been awarded the major contract valued at €1.43 billion for the section of the EuroAsia Interconnector that connects Greece and Cyprus. As a critical part of a broader project to connect the grids of Greece, Israel, and Cyprus, the 525kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable will be the longest and deepest interconnector in the world with a bi-pole length of 2×900 km, and will run across the Mediterranean Sea floor at depths of over 3,000 meters. Subsea HVDC Mass Impregnated cables will be manufactured in Nexans’ facilities in Halden (Norway) and Futtsu (Japan) and will be installed by the state-of-the-art cable laying vessels Nexans Aurora and Nexans Skagerrak.

The EuroAsia Interconnector will exchange up to 1,000 MW among the three nations with the capability of increasing to 2,000 MW, the equivalent to 3 million households’ average electricity consumption, and will end the energy isolation of Cyprus by creating an energy highway between Europe and Asia. Pole One is expected to be completed in 2028 and Pole Two in 2029.

This record-breaking project demonstrates our capacity to innovate and push the limits of electrical transmission and distribution to meet an ever growing global need. This is a crucial step on the path to a carbon-free economy. Nexans’ global electrification strategy is playing a key role in the world’s journey to a net zero future and we are excited that we have been selected to bring the development of the EuroAsia Interconnector to life.

Christopher Guérin
Christopher Guérin

CEO, Nexans

The interconnector has been designated as a Project of Common Interest (PCI) by the European Union which will allow the project to benefit from accelerated planning and permitting, lower administrative costs, and public participation. To qualify as a PCI, a project must also contribute to the European Union’s energy and climate goals, and as a result, much of the electricity being shared will be from renewable and decarbonized sources.

IPTO, Transmission System Operator of Greece, has been providing technical and operational capacity to the project ensuring the successful implementation.

We are proud that after 12 years of hard work the world’s longest and deepest subsea HVDC electricity interconnector built by Nexans will put Cyprus on the world energy map, while also ending the energy isolation of Cyprus, the last non-interconnected EU member state, and Israel. The EuroAsia Interconnector Israel-Cyprus-Greece electricity interconnector is a leading European project of common interest PCI 3.10 that ends the energy isolation of Cyprus and Israel, creates security of supply, significantly reduces the CO2 emissions, and serves the “Green Deal” of the European Commission.

Nasos Ktorides

CEO, EuroAsia Interconnector

The parties expect formal clearance of the Greek and Cypriot energy regulators to intervene in due course.

Nexans is pushing the boundaries of its strategy and keeps expanding into new and important markets, as it is the case with Nexans’ recent awards including the 2GW Frame Agreement with TenneT with breakthrough 525 kV offshore cable technology and the Celtic Interconnector connecting France and Ireland. The Group is leading the way in connecting parts of the world with the highest renewable energy potential to locations with the greatest demand for electricity. From energy generation and transmission to distribution and usage, Nexans’ solutions cover the full electrification value chain to connect the world’s renewable energy sources and ensure electricity can be delivered to all corners of the world securely, reliably and efficiently.

Nexans spearheads technological advancement with next generation high-voltage cable for aerospace decarbonization
09 June 2023
4 min
  • Nexans launches a new high-voltage cable range for aircraft that aligns with aerospace industry requirements to be carbon neutral by 2050.
  • The new cable range has a higher power density, with partial discharge free operation over a wide range of voltages and altitudes.
  • As part of the “Clean Aviation” partnership, Nexans will play a significant role in reaching the program’s energy efficiency and emissions goals, leading to a potential reduction of up 90% in emissions varying by the type of aircraft.

Nexans, a leader in the design and manufacturing of cable systems and services, has launched a new high-voltage cable range for aircraft. With an efficiency higher than the previous generation, this cable family is a decisive step to reaching the carbon neutral objective in the aerospace industry by 2050.

The need to consume less fuel is rapidly growing, driving the aerospace industry to change mobility technologies to alternative hybrid-electric aircraft. To support the next generation of aircraft, Nexans new high-voltage cables allow for a higher level of power without increasing the conductor’s diameter and weight.

Previewed at the Paris Air Show, Nexans new high-voltage cables for electrical and hybrid aircraft, and E-VTOL (Electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing Vehicules) fit the requests from the Aerospace industry to reduce its carbon footprint, and the agenda of the French governement and the European commission to develop an innovative solution to integrate electrical and hybrid engines in aircraft.

Nexans high-voltage cables are 20 times more efficient than standard aircraft cables. They can be used from 600V to 6,000V (AC, DC, PWM) when the standard aircraft voltages are ranging from 28V DC to 115V or 230 AC. They have higher power density (power/mass), using a patented design with semi-conductive and high resistivity layers which are extruded as sandwich layers. This guarantees a partial discharge free operation over a wide range of voltages and altitudes. A partial discharge is an electrical discharge that partially bridges a gap between a high-voltage conductor and a low-voltage conductor. Partial discharge causes degradation and can lead to system breakdown.

This new step represents a major advancement for power transmission systems and the development of innovative and sustainable cable solutions in the aerospace sector. Nexans is applying its expertise to the development of multiple new-generation electrical technologies that are an integral part of sustainable flight. We are developing high-voltage cables to pave the way for the reduction of carbon emissions across the sector.

Thomas Hähner

Aerospace Technical Director, Nexans

As part of the “Clean Aviation” partnership, Nexans will play a significant role in reaching the program’s energy efficiency and emissions goals, leading to a potential reduction of up 90% in emissions varying by the type of aircraft.

Nexans’ high voltage cables will be produced at its Draveil site in France, which employs 260 people.

Nexans awarded its largest agreement in history to support energy transition in Europe with TenneT
05 May 2023
4 min
Nexans plant in Halden, Norway
  • Nexans awarded frame agreement by TenneT for turnkey high voltage direct current projects for offshore wind farms.
  • The agreement includes an initial commitment for three grid connection projects of an initial value of 1.7bn EUR for cables and installation only.
  • These projects will contribute to the acceleration of Germany’s energy transition and further increase energy security in Europe; they will be operational between 2029 and 2031.
  • Nexans, through its innovative 525 kV subsea cable system, will provide a total of 6 GW of energy from the North Sea to Germany.

Nexans, a leader in the design and manufacturing of cable systems and services, has been awarded a frame agreement by TenneT, the Transmission System Operator (TSO) for the Netherlands and a significant part of Germany.

Under this frame, Nexans will be responsible for three grid projects, connecting the future offshore wind farms BalWin 3, LanWin 4, LanWin 2, in the German North Sea to main land. The initial value is 1.7bn EUR, with major subcontracted works to be added once the project-specific call-offs are signed.

Nexans will be responsible for the full Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation – including civil works (EPCI) of over 2,160 km of subsea and land cables.

In 2022, Nexans made a major step forward with the successful development and testing of the first 525 kV DC cable with key features to enable a substantial increase in transmission capacity. The awarded projects are the first in which the Nexans group is deploying its breakthrough 525 kV offshore cable technology, specifically designed to support the energy transition. The subsea cables will be manufactured at Nexans’ flagship factory in Halden, Norway.

After the successful completion of the DolWin 6 project and the award of the BorWin 6 project in 2022, the frame agreement continues Nexans’ long-term partnership with TenneT, contributing to the acceleration of Germany’s energy transition. It confirms that Nexans is a reliable partner to support the energy transition and reduce net GHG emissions to meet the carbon neutrality targets set at COP21.

Vincent Dessale

The uncertainty on the energy supply has again underlined the need to invest in offshore grids throughout Europe. This can only happen by creating strong and long term partnerships between suppliers and transmission system operators. The frame agreement developed by TenneT is the perfect answer to those challenges, and is consistent with Nexans’ risk reward model. Nexans is proud to be involved in the ground-breaking developments and delighted to be trusted by TenneT. Our expertise in this field has allowed us to be at the forefront of the energy transition via offshore wind globally.

Vincent Dessale

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Nexans

Nexans’ commitment to sustainability, focus on electrification, development of innovative technologies dedicated to HVDC projects, and investments in new production capacity, vessels and subsea cable protection tools, position the Group as a major player of the energy transition.

After recent awarding of the first five cable connections and the announcement of the suppliers for the sea- and land-based converter stations, we are again very proud to announce the partners for the multi-year agreement to produce and install the cables for these crucial and innovative grid connection systems for the energy transition.

Tim Meyerjürgens

COO, TenneT

Nexans launches the first low-carbon power grid cable offering in France
02 May 2023
5 min
  • The first range of low-carbon power grid cables available on the French market guarantees a minimum 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard cables.
  • This offer is built on the guaranteed use of low-carbon aluminium and recycled plastic, as well as the use of renewable or decarbonised energies in manufacturing the cables. Products are 100% manufactured in France.
  • Access to the CO2 data of these cables is guaranteed so that all the players in the chain can monitor and optimise their carbon emissions.

Nexans is launching a new range of low-carbon distribution grid cables, the first on the French market. By adopting a holistic approach all along the value chain and throughout the cable life cycle, the Group has succeeded in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of its low- and medium-voltage cables from 35% to 50%, depending on the products.

This unprecedented offer represents a new stage, fully illustrating the Group’s commitment to decarbonised electrification. We are proud to introduce it in France: this illustrates the commitment of our teams to sustainable development, from our global Ampacity R&D center in Lyon to our factories, via the marketing and purchasing teams.

Yvan Duperray

Executive Vice-President of the Power Distribution Cables & Accessories business, Nexans

The Group’s ambition: to reduce the cable industry’s carbon footprint…

The manufacturing of one kilometer of energy network cable currently generates a volume of CO2 representing two to three times the average annual emissions per inhabitant in France. These emissions come mainly from the aluminium conductor, which alone accounts for between 70% and 90% of the total footprint, followed by plastics, transport and the manufacturing process.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of its products by more than one-third, Nexans acts-on:

  • The guaranteed use of 100% low-carbon aluminium (produced during the electrolysis phase, using decarbonised electricity), in line with the objectives of the Aluminium Forward 2030 coalition of which the Group is part, and which is aimed at speeding up the sector’s decarbonisation;
  • The use of up to 50% recycled plastic in the insulation and/or sheathing;
  • Targeted actions on the manufacturing process and transport;
  • Increased selectivity in the choice of suppliers based on their environmental performance;
  • 100% French production at its plants in Jeumont and Bourg-en-Bresse.

A further advantage lies in the fact that Nexans provides all the environmental data for its products (PEP Ecopassport®) to enable power distribution operators, installers and distributors to manage their carbon emissions. On request, the Group also performs a carbon assessment per project or per customer.

… and over the entire life cycle of a cable

The environmental footprint of a cable is also measured beyond its manufacturing. Approximately 90% of the total emissions from grid cables are generated after they are put into service, due to the energy loss, known as the “Joule effect”, which accumulates over decades of use.

In line with its E3 ambition (Economy, Environment, Engagement), Nexans offers a range of solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the cable over its entire life cycle:

  • Engineering studies to determine the optimal cable type and cross-sections over the entire life cycle depending on the application;
  • Innovative cable solutions, such as the EDRMAX® medium voltage cable, which can be buried as is, with no need for a sand bed, thanks to its reinforced sheath – thus reducing the CO2 emissions stemming from its installation by 10%;
  • Digital solutions to increase our customers’ productivity: the ULTRACKER® range;
  • Innovative technology via RecyCâbles (joint venture between Nexans and SUEZ) for the recycling copper and aluminum cables, promoting the circular economy.

Nexans’ new low-carbon power network cable offering illustrates Nexans’ capacity for innovation and its strong commitment to sustainable development, as the Group is recognized as a global leader in climate action by several extra-financial assessment bodies. This first offer is part of an ambitious Nexans carbon trajectory, validated by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), aimed at reducing emissions by 4.2% per year between 2019 and 2030.