The developers of the giant London Array wind farm have awarded Nexans a EUR100 million contract manufacture and supply the high voltage subsea power export cables that will connect the wind farm to the UK grid.

The 1000 MW wind farm is being installed on a 233 km2 site located some 20 km off the coast of southeast England. Nexans will supply four 150 kV XLPE submarine power cables to be laid in parallel, each 53 to 54 km in length.

Nexans will deliver two of the cables in 2011, and two in 2012, all being delivered in single continuous lengths from Nexans’ factory in Halden. The cables will also incorporate fibre optic elements manufactured at the Nexans factory in Rognan, Norway.

The contract also includes the cable accessories such as repair joints and terminations.

London Array is being developed by E.On, Dong Energy and Masdar and will consist of 341 turbines when fully complete. It is being constructed in two phases, the first of which will consist of 175 turbines and be complete by 2012.