Nexans closes groundbreaking service level contract with Equinor
Projects
22 April 2024
2 min
CLV Nexans Aurora
  • Nexans and energy company Equinor strengthen their long-term collaboration with a four-year contingency and preparedness contract.
  • Nexans’ unique and extensive repair expertise covers all types of existing cables
  • The contract includes assistance from a team of Nexans experts and the provision of a vessel to meet the intervention requirements.

Nexans has signed a contingency and prepardness contract with international energy company Equinor.

As an international energy group committed to creating long-term value for a low-carbon future. Equinor has a long-standing relationship with Nexans which has resulted in a number of pioneering projects.

Nexans is extending this collaboration through a 4-year agreement that includes turnkey repair services for various cable systems. Equinor will manage and operate the contract on behalf of the Pipeline Repair and Subsea Intervention (PRSI) Pool members. The agreement covers approximately 3,000 km of cable.

To ensure Equinor’s assets’ normal functioning, Nexans will provide its unique expertise of performing complex turnkey repairs on all types of cables (XLPE, mass impregnated or oil-filled cables).

In the case of a cable system failure, Nexans will offer its expertise of installing and maintaining submarine cable systems by mobilizing highly-skilled teams to assess the fault and perform any necessary repairs. Nexans is committed to finding the most suitable solution and intervene as quickly as possible, ensuring continuity of power transmission. The areas of operation are located in Northern Europe but can be broadened according to the clients’ needs.

Pascal Radue

Equinor is a forward-looking company with strong environmental and social values. The approach our two companies take in working together is an example of effective partnership. The teams are dedicated to delivering an assistance service tailored to Equinor and the PRSI pool members’ requirements.

Pascal Radue

EVP of Generation and Transmission Business Group, Nexans

Nexans secures first call-off under TenneT framework agreement
19 March 2024
2 min
Nexans plant in Halden, Norway
  • Nexans secures first call-off under 2GW TenneT framework agreement
  • The project involves the EPCI of HVDC cables for the BalWin3 and LanWin4 offshore grid connection systems. Transmitting in total 4 Gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy from the North Sea to Wilhelmshaven in Germany (Lower Saxony).
  • This key project reinforces Nexans’ position as a leader in the European offshore wind market

Nexans, leader in the design and manufacturing of cable systems and services has secured the first call-off under the TenneT framework agreement awarded in April 2023.

This project involves the Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (EPCI) of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables for the BalWin3 and LanWin4 grid connection systems. Transmitting in total 4 Gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy from the North Sea to Wilhelmshaven in Germany (Lower Saxony).

Nexans will be utilizing its new 525 kV HVDC XLPE cable technology and implementing an innovative “four bundle” cable laying method for the first time in the Group’s history for the project installed by its new cable laying vessel.

Pascal Radue

This win strengthens our position as a leader in Europe’s energy transition, and we’re proud to partner with TenneT in building a sustainable future.

Pascal Radue

EVP Generation and Transmission Business Group, Nexans

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
Projects
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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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
Project
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 wins record-breaking contract for the EuroAsia Interconnector
Project
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 awarded its largest agreement in history to support energy transition in Europe with TenneT
Project
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 to deliver a new centerpiece to Geneva’s Swissgrid electrical network
Project
17 April 2023
4 min
tunnel
  • In the context of the overhead power line burial project headed up by Swissgrid, Nexans will be supplying and installing nearly 30 km of 220kV underground cable along the Geneva-Cointrin airport.
  • Nexans will also be in charge of dismantling the existing gas-insulated extra high voltage link (GIL), along with a certain number of civil works.
  • Nexans’ system will feature a cable temperature monitoring solution.

Swissgrid, the national company in charge of Switzerland’s electricity transmission grid, has chosen Nexans through a bidding process for the project of burying the Very High Voltage (VHV) overhead power lines along the southern side of the Geneva-Cointrin airport. The replacement of the overhead cables with underground cables will free up large tracts of land destined for urban development of the greater Geneva area.

Nexans was chosen for this €25 million turnkey contract for its ability to produce and install very high voltage cables and offer engineering services, as well as for its experience managing complex projects.

The Swissgrid project is part of the “Axe Stratégique Réseau” development programs in the canton of Geneva and the Federal Roads Office’s “Redevelopment of the Grand-Saconnex motorway junction”. In the overhead power line burial project, exceptional by its complex nature, both technical and organizational, Nexans will be in charge of certain engineering services, and of taking down and replacing gas isolated links. In addition to producing and installing nearly 30 km of very high voltage cables between the electrical stations of Foretaille and Renfile, Nexans will also install two 144-strand fibre optic links and embed a temperature monitoring feature in the cable system.

We welcome the opportunity to continue our work with Swissgrid on this ambitious and prestigious project, relying on the many and varied skills of the Nexans teams – from engineering to civil works, but also including the production and installation of very high voltage networks.

Marco Spinelli

CEO, Nexans Switzerland

As a leader on the very high voltage market in Switzerland, Nexans has already successfully led several urban projects in Basel, Lausanne, Geneva, Bern, and Zurich. Nexans Switzerland has also been entrusted with complex very high voltage cable connection projects, such as the connection of the Nant de Drance (2018) and Linth-Limmern (2016) pumped storage power plants to the national grid and the underground cable connection of La Bâtiaz – Le Verney (2022).

Nexans awarded landmark wave energy contract in the United States
Project
22 February 2023
3 min
waves
  • Nexans has been awarded the contract for PacWave South, the United States’ first grid-connected wave energy test facility.
  • PacWave is a joint venture between the US Department of Energy, the State of Oregon, and Oregon State University and will facilitate the research of innovative renewable technologies.
  • RT Casey LLC has selected Nexans for the design, engineering and manufacturing of the 36kV submarine and terrestrial cables that will run across the ocean floor.
  • This major project is a significant step in the American sustainable energy transition and will further solidify Nexans’ position as a pure player in sustainable electrification.

Nexans, a global organization and key driver for the world’s transition to a more connected and sustainable future, has been awarded the contract for PacWave South, the United States’ first grid-connected wave energy test facility developed jointly by the US Department of Energy, the State of Oregon, and Oregon State University.

PacWave South consists of four berths that capture the energy generated from the movement of waves and each berth will produce up to 5MW of energy. RT Casey LLC has selected Nexans to provide the four medium voltage AC (MVAC) cables that bring the energy from the berths to shore. The cable lengths total 80km or roughly 20km per cable. This project serves as a pilot to test an alternative form of energy generation that is renewable and minimally invasive to the environment.

Signing the contract for PacWave South shows Nexans’ commitment to innovation and sustainable energy solutions. The future of energy generation will contain a large variety of renewable sources and PacWave’s wave energy facility will give us the knowledge necessary to further develop this new and exciting form of power generation.

Ragnhild Katteland

Strategic Advisor Generation & Transmission, Nexans

Expected to be built and energized by 2024, this project is an important milestone in Nexans’ strategy of becoming an organization dedicated to innovation and sustainable electrification. Nexans’ Generation and Transmission business is now present in all the generation of energy from the ocean including offshore wind, floating wind, floating solar and now wave energy. The Group continues to implement this strategy by working on projects like the PacWave South facility, demonstrating its expertise and strengthening its position as a leader and an electrification pure player.