PARIS – Nexans has won a contract with Ørsted and Eversource to install and protect the export cable link for the Revolution Wind Farm. The project will connect the wind farm to the onshore grid and help Connecticut and Rhode Island states achieve ongoing commitments to develop offshore wind.
This will be Nexans’ first cable installation project in the US as part of the frame agreement with Ørsted-Eversource. 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 Orsted Wind Power North America LLC and Nexans to accelerate the energy transition in North America by bringing Nexans’ subsea cable technology to the United States. This contract is the first project to be delivered under this agreement.
Located more than 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast and 32 miles southeast of the Connecticut coast, the 704 MW Revolution Wind Farm is expected to address both states’ energy needs, delivering electricity to up to 350,000 homes in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Construction will start in 2023 and it is expected to be fully operational in 2025.
The Nexans Aurora will be used for the installation and is said to be the first vessel of its kind in the offshore cable-laying sector. Its 75-ton special design cable capstan provides the capacity for installation of cables in deep waters of 2,000 m and beyond.