Submarine array cables for Lincs offshore wind farm

Nexans has been awarded a major contract by Lincs Wind Farm Limited to supply the medium voltage submarine array cables and associated accessories for the 270 MW Lincs offshore wind farm to be constructed off the east coast of England. The order further extends Nexans’ involvement in the Lincs wind farm project, as it follows the contract awarded by Centrica in November 2009 to supply the HV submarine power export cables.

Nexans to supply submarine array cables for Lincs offshore wind farm off the east coast of EnglandThe contract for the Lincs wind farm medium voltage array cables covers the design, manufacture and supply of 64.8 km of 3-core cable with a conductor cross-section of 185 mm² and 20.5 km of 3-core cable with a conductor cross-section of 630 mm², together with the required installation and connection accessories. In addition to the power cores, the cables will also incorporate fibre-optic cables for the monitoring and control of the wind farm.

“This latest contract for Lincs wind farm further reinforces our position as a key supplier of cables for the UK’s ambitious offshore wind farm programme”, says Yvon Raak, Nexans Senior Corporate Executive Vice President. “It is also a perfect example of Nexans’ fully integrated approach to the offshore wind sector, based on our proven capability to meet every cable requirement, from low voltage cables in the wind turbine towers, through medium voltage array cables, to the high voltage export cables that bring the power ashore.”

The array cables will be produced at the Nexans plants in Hanover, Germany and Halden, Norway. The accessories are scheduled for delivery to site at the end of 2010, while delivery of the cables will start in March 2011.