French cable giant Nexans has signed an agreement with Danish energy supplier Ørsted to provide up to 1,000 km of high voltage cables for US offshore wind turbines until 2027.
The deal, which includes Eversource, an energy supplier in New England, will also see Nexans invest in a US plant to make the high voltage cables at a location yet to be disclosed. The first delivery is expected by 2022 and the agreement extends until 2027.
“Our partnership with Ørsted and Eversource will accelerate the energy transition in North America and bring Nexans’ industry-leading subsea cable technology to the US,” said Vincent Dessale, Senior Executive Vice President, Nexans Subsea and Land Systems Business Group. “Nexans’ advanced subsea cables will contribute both to the overall performance and to increasing the energy efficiency of Ørsted’s projects.”
The company has existing plants in Norway and Japan making high voltage cables, and the US plant will be the first plant to manufacture subsea high voltage cables in the US.
Nexans is also building the Nexans Aurora, a state-of-the-art cable-laying vessel with a 10,000-ton capacity. The vessel’s hull is currently being built at the CRIST shipyard in Poland and then at Ulstein Verft in Norway, with delivery planned for 2021.
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