Nexans wins power umbilical contract from OneSubsea for ExxonMobil’s Julia oil field project in deepwater Gulf of Mexico

Innovative Nexans solution that integrates power cables and umbilical services in a single cross-section will be deployed at water depths in excess of 2,000 meters to tieback the Julia oil field development to subsea production facilities.

Paris, July 23, 2013 - Nexans, a worldwide expert in the cable industry, has been awarded a major contract by OneSubsea (a Cameron & Schlumberger company) to design, manufacture and supply an integrated power umbilical solution and associated termination hardware for Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Julia oil field development in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. A 23 km length of Nexans’ innovative power umbilical, which combines power cables and umbilicals in a single cross-section, will be installed at water depths in excess of 2,000 meters to tieback the Julia field subsea systems to a semisubmersible production unit.  The Julia field production start-up is scheduled for 2016.

Nexans wins power umbilical contract from OneSubsea for ExxonMobil’s Julia oil field project in deepwater Gulf of MexicoNexans has pioneered the development of power umbilicals that integrate the functions of power cables and umbilicals in a single cable, enabling a high-voltage (HV) supply to be provided for deepwater projects. The power umbilical includes a number of steel tubes as well as fiber optic elements and signal cables for control and monitoring purposes. For the Julia project, the power umbilical will operate subsea pumps supplied by OneSubsea.

The power umbilical for the Julia field will be designed and manufactured at the specialised Nexans subsea cable manufacturing facilities in Halden, Norway.

“This important contract for OneSubsea continues Nexans’ momentum for power umbilicals in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico” says Krister Granlie, Vice President Hybrid Underwater Cables, Nexans Norway. “It is clear that a growing number of operators are recognising that power umbilicals, while complex in design, offer a more elegant and cost-effective approach than the transportation and installation of separate subsea power cables and umbilicals”.

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With energy at the basis of its development, Nexans, worldwide expert in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions. The Group is a global player in the energy transmission and distribution, industry and building markets. Nexans addresses a wide series of market segments: from energy and telecom networks to energy resources (wind turbines, photovoltaic, oil and gas, and mining) to transportation (shipbuilding, aerospace, automotive and automation, and railways). Nexans is a responsible industrial company that regards sustainable development as integral to its global and operational strategy. Continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development and commitment, customer orientation and the introduction of safe industrial processes with limited environmental impact are among the key initiatives that place Nexans at the core of a sustainable future. With an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 25,000 people and had sales in 2012 of nearly 7.2 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A.