Nexans has received the first order under the frame agreement to manufacture approximately 110 km of high voltage subsea cables to South Fork Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource. The three-phase 138 kV high voltage alternative current (HVAC) subsea export cables will be integrated with two fiber-optic cables and transmit 132 MW of electricity to Long Island, N.Y.

Located 35 miles offshore from Montauk Point, N.Y., the 132 MW South Fork Wind Farm will address East Hampton’s energy needs. The historic project will be the New York state’s first offshore wind farm and will play a key role in reaching the state’s clean energy goals. Construction will start in 2022.

The Export Cable Framework Agreement, providing the opportunity to supply up to 1,000 km of high voltage subsea cables in the U.S. by 2027, was signed in December 2019 between Ørsted Wind Power North America LLC and Nexans to accelerate the energy transition in North America by bringing Nexans’ industry-leading subsea cable technology to the U.S. This contract is the first project to be delivered under this agreement.

“The South Fork Wind Farm will deliver crucial renewable energy to thousands of households in New York State,” says Ragnhild Katteland, EVP of subsea and land systems at Nexans. “It’s the perfect project to officially kick off the delivery of our partnership agreement with Ørsted and Eversource. The project represents a great opportunity for Nexans to support the U.S.’s burgeoning offshore wind sector, which is providing better energy security, driving economic development, improving energy price stability, and contributing to the fight against climate change.”

The HVAC cables will be manufactured at Nexans’ newly transformed subsea high voltage plant in Charleston, S.C., the only plant in the U.S. capable of manufacturing high voltage subsea cables.

“As the world leader for cabling solutions for offshore wind-power production, Nexans will play an instrumental role in providing the expertise and infrastructure to deliver the project. Offshore wind is one of the most stable and secure sources of renewable energy, and the partnership is the latest part of our strategic commitment to electrify the future and fast-track the energy sector’s journey to net zero.”

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