Nexans wins a multi-million euro contract to equip the world's largest sea-based windmill park

Paris, July 2, 2001 - Nexans has been awarded a contract from Eltra in Denmark, an electricity transmission company based in Jylland/Fyn (Denmark), to deliver and install 21km of subsea power cable to the world?s largest sea-based windmill park, Horns Rev, by the Danish west-coast. The amount of this contract is about 8 million euros.

Nexans will deliver and install the world?s most powerful three-conductor AC cable : a 150 kV underwater power cable going directly into Eltra?s electricity transmission system on land. Due to its transmission capacity and size manufacturing this cable will be a major professional challenge. Nexans beat the stiff competition for this contract mainly due to its wide-ranging offshore experience.

As the world?s leading wind-power nation, Denmark has decided to take yet another step forward and install larger, more powerful windmill parks further out to sea than ever before. The first facility is to be built at Horns Rev and will consist of 80 windmills, each of 2 MW. This sea-based windmill park will start supplying electricity from July 2002.

?All of the countries bordering the North Sea are planning this type of environment-friendly power project. With its offshore experience in cable deliveries and installation, Nexans hopes to become a major supplier of power cables for more such offshore wind-power facilities in the future?, said Yvon Raak, President of Nexans? Energy Division. The cable will be manufactured at Nexans? modern factory located in Halden, 100 km southeast of Oslo.