Nexans to build new cable-laying vessel as part of clean-energy initiative

To drive the shift of global energy production and distribution in the direction of renewables and clean energy, Nexans announces that it has started the construction of a new cable-laying vessel for submarine HV cable systems installation.

Nexans CLV

Nexans is building a new vessel for submarine high-voltage (HV) cable installation. The state-of-the-art ship will ensure safe and efficient transport and installation of offshore cable systems.

“The construction of this new cable-laying vessel is a fundamental milestone in our commitment to cleaner energy,“ said Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge, Nexans CEO. “For many decades, Nexans has been acting for energy transition and sustainable development.”

Built by ULJANIK Group, a Croatia-based shipyard with over 160 years of expertise in the construction of all types of vessels, the high capacity Nexans vessel is designed for worldwide installation of large volumes of HVDC and HVAC cable systems, even in the most severe weather conditions. The vessel covers the complete Nexans submarine product range and has a 10 000-ton capacity turntable.

“In this next exciting chapter of our capacity to meet customer expectations, the cutting-edge technology of the new ship will enable Nexans to support countries in their development of the unlimited potential of renewable power generation,” said Poupart-Lafarge.

The new ship, designed by consulting agency Skipsteknisk AS, encompasses almost 100 years of Nexans’ experience in submarine cable installation and brings it to the next level with high degree of redundancy in power and propulsion, including the highest standard of Dynamic Positioning (IMO class 3) capabilities.

The laying equipment allows the vessel to perform complex installation operations of flexible products in shallow to deep water. One of the vessel’s numerous exceptional qualities is the ability to provide various operational modes, including large bundling capacity, targeting the latest and future developments in HVDC cable technology.

“Together with our legendary vessel CLV Nexans Skagerrak, the new ship will reinforce Nexans’ position as a leading player in the growing submarine HV cabling market,” said Dirk Steinbrink, Senior Executive Vice President High Voltage and Underwater Cable Business Group at Nexans. “With the advanced technology, impressive capacity, and the many cable-laying capabilities, this vessel will be one of Nexans’ key strategic assets.”

Aligned with Nexans’ CSR policies and its commitment to sustainable development, the vessel is specifically designed to have a reduced environmental impact. The ship also benefits from the latest requirements for crew safety and vessel security in compliance with the strictest international safety standards.

The cable-laying vessel is expected to be delivered and start operations by Q3 2020.

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