Nexans wins US offshore wind export cables contract

15 March 2022

Nexans has won a contract with Ørsted and Eversource to install and protect the export cable link for the Revolution Wind Farm. The project will connect the wind farm to the onshore grid and help Connecticut and Rhode Island states achieve ongoing commitments to develop offshore wind.

This will be Nexans’ first cable installation project in the U.S. as part of the frame agreement with Ørsted-Eversource. The agreement, which provided the opportunity to supply up to 1000km of high voltage subsea cables in the USA by 2027, was signed in December 2019 by Orsted Wind Power North America LLC. This contract is the first project to be delivered under it.

Located more than 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast and 32 miles southeast of the Connecticut coast, the 704 MW Revolution Wind Farm is a historic project that will displace, by eliminating close to one million metric tons of carbon pollution. Construction will start in 2023 and the site is expected to be fully operational by 2025.

The Nexans Aurora will be used for the installation and is the first vessel of its kind in the offshore cable-laying sector. Its 75-ton purpose designed design cable capstan provides what Nexans says is a market-leading capacity for the installation of cables in waters at depths of 2000 metres and more. It has a 10 000-ton cable payload capacity and Nexans recently extended the Aurora’s installation capabilities, and excellent shallow water capabilities, allowing it to get close to the shoreline for cable landing operations.

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