Nexans To Supply Cables for Belgium Offshore Windfarm at Bligh Bank

Cable provider Nexans announced yesterday that it won a contract worth approximately 39 million Euros to supply the subsea power export cables for phase I of the Belgian Belwind Offshore Windfarm project, located on the Bligh Bank, 46km off the coast of Zeebrugge.

Once the project is complete, the cable technology will transmit wind power to approximately 165,000 households in Belgium.

Nexans will supply and install 52km of 170kV high voltage power export cable with an optical fiber insert to the Dutch EPC contractor, Van Oord Dredging & Marine Contractors B.V. Van Oord is the EPC contractor for the first phase of the wind farm project.

The cable will connect the 165-MW windfarm, comprising 55 wind turbines to the Belgian power network. The cable will be laid by Nexans’ cable-laying vessel C/S Nexans Skagerrak and buried into the seabed using Nexans’ CapJet trenching system. Delivery is scheduled for the summer of 2010, with the windfarm coming online in 2011.

Last month, RenewableEnergyWorld.com reported that Vestas would be supplying the turbines for this project.

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