Power cable supplier NKT has said it has been awarded a turnkey contract of "below" EUR 250m (around $294,5) by TenneT to deliver and install a high-voltage direct current XLPE power cable system for the BorWin5 offshore wind project in Northern Germany.
BorWin5 is TenneT’s fourth offshore wind DC project off the coast of Borkum in north-western Germany. It connects the offshore converter platform BorWin epsilon in the North Sea to the future converter station in Garrel/Ost close to Cloppenburg in Lower Saxony.
The order comprises the manufacturing of approx. 230 km of 320 kV high-voltage DC on-and offshore power cables and accessories as well as offshore installation by the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria.
NKT President and CEO Alexander Kara says: "Over the past years, NKT has established itself as a key partner in the green transformation of Europe. We have completed a number of power connections ensuring the transmission of renewable energy and during 2020 we were awarded more interconnector projects as well as this new offshore wind farm connection in Germany. The BorWin5 project win proves the value of our long-term collaboration with TenneT and confirms our strong position as a high-voltage DC solution provider."
The power cables have an expected production start end-2021 with project commissioning in 2025.
NKT said that as part of Germany’s transformation towards renewable energy supply, a 15 GW offshore wind power capacity is to be available by 2030, and with its 900 MW capacity, BorWin5 is an important step to achieve this target.
"NKT adds to the green transformation with power cables produced in a plant running on 100% green electricity and with the purpose-built NKT Victoria being the industry’s most advanced and energy-efficient cable-laying vessel," NKT said.