NKT invests in power cable transportation and logistics

In: Cables
NKT is investing in a new specially designed barge built for cable transportation on the river Rhine to increase the transportation capacity and enhance the security of delivery from its manufacturing site in Cologne. NKT also announced plans to increase its capacity at its logistical centre in Rotterdam from where the offshore cables manufactured in Cologne are loaded to cable-laying vessels.

The barge is designed and built by Neptune Marine for the changing condition of the Rhine and can operate in very shallow waters. To minimise the environmental impact, the barge is powered by green electricity during cable loading at the harbour in Cologne, where the factory is also powered by electricity generated from renewable energy. NKT expects the barge to be fully operational in Q4 2020.

NKT operates a number of high-voltage cable factories. It provides power cables for the offshore wind sector and the interconnector market across Europe.

"With the investment in the purpose-built barge and in increased capacity at our logistical center in Rotterdam, we strengthen our position as a leading provider of offshore power cables. The investments are driven by a growing demand from the offshore industry and will enhance our delivery security even in times with abnormal weather conditions or with multiple projects being executed in parallel,"
said Executive Vice President Mika Makela, who is heading the manufacturing site in Cologne.

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