Nexans to connect South Fork offshore wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 12/01/2022 Nexans

Nexans has received the first order under its frame agreement, to manufacture approximately 110km of high voltage subsea cables to
South Fork Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource. The 3-phase 138 kV high voltage alternative current (HVAC) subsea export cables will be integrated with two fibre-optic cables and transmit 132 MW of electricity to Long Island, New York.

The Export Cable Framework Agreement, providing the opportunity to supply up to 1,000 km of high voltage subsea cables in the US by 2027, was signed in December 2019 between Ørsted Wind Power North America LLC and Nexans. This contract is the first project to be delivered under this agreement. The HVAC cables will be manufactured at Nexans’ subsea high voltage plant in Charleston, South Carolina.

Ragnhild Katteland, Nexans EVP Subsea & Land Systems, said: “The South Fork Wind Farm will deliver crucial renewable energy to thousands of households in New York State. 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.

"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.”

South Fork Wind remains on track to be fully permitted by early 2022. The project’s joint venture partners, Ørsted and Eversource, are set to ramp up construction activities soon after on the 132 MW offshore wind farm serving Long Island. It is expected to begin operations at the end of 2023. Back in November,
South Fork Wind received its Record of Decision from the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, marking a new milestone in the federal environmental review for what is poised to be New York’s first offshore wind farm.

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