NSW to Supply and Install the Infield Cabling of the Borkum West II Wind Farm in the North Sea (Germany)

On 20 December 2010, Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum GmbH & Co KG (“TWB”) activated an order with Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH (“NSW”) to deliver and install 65 km of medium-voltage submarine cables for the first construction phase of the Trianel Borkum West II offshore wind farm. The order is worth an amount in excess of € 22 m (some $ 28 m). The installation work is scheduled for the second half of 2012.

The Trianel Borkum West II wind farm, 56 square kilometers in size, is located about 45 km to the north of Borkum’s coast. In the first phase of construction, 40 wind energy systems each rated at 5 MW will be built, for a total output of 200 MW, enough to supply 200,000 households. Another 40 systems will be added in a second phase of construction.

Responsibility for the order is vested in the Submarine Cable Division located in Nordenham, through the wholly owned subsidiary Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH (NSW). The General Cable Corporation took over NSW in 2007, and expanded its submarine cable capabilities to include production of submarine cables in the medium and high-voltage ranges. Today, in its submarine cable operations, the company offers comprehensive solutions for sea-based cable systems in the telecommunication, oil and gas sectors, and for power utilities in the low, medium and high-voltage ranges, as well as the relevant accessories, plus project development, management and laying services.

The package offered by General Cable covers the production, delivery and laying of submarine cables measuring 65 km. The installation work, in water approximately 40 meters deep, will be carried out using NOSTAG 10, which is owned by a consortium of NSW, Hans Schramm & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG and Tiefbau-GmbH “Unterweser” (TAGU). NOSTAG 10 is a pontoon specially designed for cable-laying, which the company has already used successfully in comparable projects, such as Roedsand 2.

“We congratulate TWB’s shareholders to this outstanding milestone, which, particularly against the background of the current situation on the financial markets, sends an important signal to the German offshore wind industry. We are very proud to have been chosen to assist TWB with our in-depth experience as a systems supplier for the offshore wind industry”, states Thorsten Schwarz, Managing Director of Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH.

Klaus Horstick, Managing Director of Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum GmbH, verified in person the corporate capabilities of Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke. “When it comes to power plants”, he explains, “the cabling is admittedly not the most expensive part of the job package, but without cabling the rest of the equipment is useless. The Seekabelwerke Company in Nordenham scored highly in the negotiations, not only for its technical expertise, but also for its innovative and efficient solutional approaches. “

The General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC) is one of the Fortune 500 companies, a world leader when it comes to developing, designing manufacturing, marketing and selling copper, aluminum and glass-fiber cables plus products in the energy, industrial and telecommunication sectors. Further information on the company can be found under www.generalcable.com.

Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH (NSW) has since 2007 been a wholly owned subsidiary of General Cable, and for more than 111 years one of the world’s leading vendors of submarine telecommunication cables. After being founded back in 1899, NSW was already laying its first submarine telecommunication cable in 1904, approximately 7,993 kilometers in length. With more than 500 staff, NSW advises and supports its customers from all over the world.

Trianel Windkraftwerk Borkum GmbH & Co. KG (TWB) is part of the Aachen-based Trianel Group, the leading network of municipal utilities in Germany and Europe. TWB’s shareholders include not only Trianel GmbH, but also 33 municipal utilities and regional providers from Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. The Trianel Borkum West wind farm is Europe’s first project-financed municipal wind farm. It is scheduled to go on line at the turn of the year in 2012/2013.


Source: nsw, February 04, 2011