Nexans cables take power underground to restore the natural beauty of England’s countryside
Nexans has been awarded a 35-million-euro contract to supply cables to Morgan Sindall Infrastructure as part of National Grid’s Dorset VIP project. Project involves replacing overhead lines with Nexans’ underground high voltage cables to enable 22 pylons to be removed.
Paris La Défense, April 29, 2019 – Nexans has been awarded a 35-million-euro contract to supply high voltage underground cables for the Dorset visual impact provision (VIP) project. The contract was awarded by Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, the main contractor, as part of its underground onshore electricity cable framework agreement for National Grid.
The project will focus on reducing the visual impact of an existing 8.8 km section of 400 kilovolt (kV) overhead line, replacing it with underground cabling and enabling 22 pylons to be removed. It also includes the construction of two new sealing end compounds required to connect the new underground cables to the remaining overhead line.
Nexans is supplying over 100 km of specialized copper-core HV cable with XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) insulation suitable for burying underground. The cables will be used to create two, three-phase circuits, each with two cables per phase. Nexans is also providing accessories and jointing services.
Nexans brings technical expertise
“We are delighted to be involved in this key National Grid project to demonstrate the capability of our underground cables to mitigate the visual impact of high voltage power links. Nexans has been deeply involved with Morgan Sindall Infrastructure from the start of the project design process and we have already reached the stage where the cable system is being further refined and optimized”, said Laurent Guillaumin, Nexans Business Development Director UK/Ireland Subsea and Land Systems. “It will be exciting times for all the engineering team when the first lengths of cable go through our extrusion line and the first accessories come off the press. Nexans will continue to bring its world renowned technical expertise to the project to help deliver the best value for National Grid.”
A three year project
It is anticipated that construction work on the project will start in spring 2019 and will take up to three years to complete, including the removal of the existing line and pylons.
The cables will be manufactured by Nexans Benelux plant in Charleroi, Belgium, while the accessories will be delivered by Nexans Switzerland plant in Cortaillaud. The jointing services will be secured by Nexans UK installation team.
Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of advanced cabling systems, solutions and innovative services. For over 120 years, Nexans has been providing customers with cutting-edge cabling infrastructure for power and data transmission. Today, beyond cables, the Group advises customers and designs solutions and services that maximize performance and efficiency of their projects in four main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities, emobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, submarine interconnections, land high voltage), Telecom & Data (covering data transmission, telecom networks, hyperscale data centers, LAN), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, Oil & Gas, automation, and others). Corporate Social Responsibility is a guiding principle of Nexans’ business activities and internal practices. In 2013 Nexans became the first cable provider to create a Foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Group’s commitment to developing ethical, sustainable and high-quality cables also drives its active involvement within leading industry associations, including Europacable, the NEMA, ICF or CIGRE to mention a few. Nexans employs nearly 27,000 people with industrial footprint in 34 countries and commercial activities worldwide. In 2018, the Group generated 6.5 billion euros in sales. Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A.