French cable giant Nexans has been selected by Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), France’s Transmission System Operator (TSO) for a three year contract to deliver cables, accessories and installation services for underground power grid connections at 90 kV, 220 kV and 400 kV, with an option to extend for another two years.
Theagreement is a further extension of Nexans’ long-term partnership with RTE, marking an increase in volume for Nexans.
Nexans will play a key role in RTE’s projects to renew and upgrade France’s power transmission network. A particular focus for these projects is to accommodate new renewable generation capacity by ensuring the reliability of critical network infrastructure.
“RTE’s mission is to adapt the power grid to the energy transition by guaranteeing the security of power supply to the French people at a lower economic, environmental and visual cost,” said Gilles Etheimer, Purchasing Director of RTE. “We expect the winners of our contracts to have a strong ambition regarding environmental and societal issues. Nexans receives a significant share of the volumes and we are counting on them as a long-term partner to continue to make a difference both in terms of quality and the environment for a more sustainable world.”
The high voltage cables will be manufactured at the Nexans plants in Bourg-en-Bresse, France and Charleroi, Belgium, and the accessories in Cortaillod, Switzerland. In addition, Nexans will train RTE teams in the installation of accessories as well as providing fast repair services and maintaining strategic stocks of cable for emergency repairs across France’s transmission network.
“As France’s Transmission System Operator, RTE is at the centre of the transition towards a more sustainable and carbon-free world. ,” said Christopher Guérin, CEO of Nexans. “By reinforcing our long term partnership with RTE, we strengthen Nexans’ ambition to be a leader in electrification and the global energy transition. The partnership extends well beyond this frame agreement as we are working on individual projects such as supplying the 225 kV power export cables for the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm in the English Channel. Together, RTE and Nexans are electrifying the future.”
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