Aibel has in recent years built converter platforms for bottom-fixed offshore wind farms, while Nexans supplies high-voltage cables and other associated equipment.
The collaboration is not an exclusive obligation, Aibel said, but should lead to a mutually advantageous exchange of data and information, supporting technological development and optimization of the companies' floating offshore wind deliveries.
EVP of business development and supply chain, Liv-Runi Syvertsen, said, "For example, we see an increased need for floating facilities that enable energy production farther from shore and at deeper water in a competitive and profitable way for the operators."
Nexans has recently secured a contract for what is said to be the world’s first deepwater dynamic cable rated at 145 kV. The technology and the company’s experiences in dynamic systems are relevant to future dynamic export cables for floating offshore wind.
“We expect to see floating offshore wind reaching gigawatt scale before 2030,” said Nexans’ Bjørn Sande. “This is a technical challenge in light of existing cable technology…
“At the same time, we see that our own and Aibel’s deliveries can affect each other, so that development with insight into any limitations can have an effect on cost and functional properties.”
The two parties also plan to investigate and perform joint development projects and pursue opportunities for participation in research projects.