- Published: 12 February 2015 12 February 2015
The Norwegian and German power grids will be able to share green energy directly for the first time thanks to Nexans submarine HVDC (high voltage direct current) cables to be installed as part of the NordLink project. Nexans will design, manufacture and install two 525 kV cable subsystems, with a total length of more than 700 km, off the coast of Norway and Denmark. The 1400MW NordLink VSC (Voltage Source converter) HVDC project is a collaboration between Statnett, TenneT and the German promotional bank KfW. Nexans will design, manufacture and install mass impregnated non-draining (MIND) HVDC cables at depths down to 450 metres off the coast of Norway and Denmark. The cables will be laid by Nexans' own cable-laying vessel, C/S Nexans Skagerrak and protected on the seabed by trenching with Nexans' Capjet system. The project is due for completion in 2019 and production of the cables will begin at Nexans' Halden plant in Norway in 2016. The contract value is approximately € 0,5 billion.