Energy & Power
Nexans EHV cable to connect Grand Bend Wind Farm
By Anthony Capkun
July 8, 2015 – “This is a pivotal accomplishment for Nexans,” said Nexans’ Dirk Steinbrink of a multi-million dollar deal to provide the extra-high-voltage cable connection for the Grand Bend Wind Farm, in conjunction with project partners Black & McDonald, the electrical services contractor, and AMEC Foster Wheeler, an EPC (engineering procurement construction) firm.
Northland Power is constructing the wind farm (a joint project with the Aamjiwannang First Nation of Sarnia and the Bkejwanong First Nation at Walpole), which comprises 2428 hectares along the eastern shore of Lake Huron (see Map below). The facility will provide 100MW of total generation capacity, and is expected to be operational next year.
Nexans’ facility in South Carolina will design, develop and manufacture 105 kilometres of extra-high-voltage (EHV) power cable to connect the new wind farm to the grid. Rated at 230kV, the XLPE cable will provide the connection between the wind farm substation and the local utility substation.
“This project was worked on for over seven years, with a global team from Canada, the U.S.A. and Germany. We are proud of our people and the trust our clients put in our teams,” added Steinbrink, the senior executive vice-president of Nexans’ High-Voltage & Underwater Cable Business.
— Grand Bend Wind Farm map © Northland Power