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SSEN Transmission Selects Nexans To Install 220 kV AC Cables For Orkney Transmission Link

Nov. 13, 2023
The Orkney Islands represent a major source of renewable electricity potential, and its connection to the Scottish mainland will help decarbonize the UK's electricity production.

Nexans, manufacturer of cable systems and services, has been selected by SSEN Transmission to supply and install approximately 100 km of 220 kV high-voltage cables, both onshore and offshore, for a transmission link from Orkney to Dounreay in the Scottish Highlands, under a capacity reservation agreement.


Nexans will reserve manufacturing and installation capacity for a significant contract to be signed in the second quarter of 2024.


Existing and planned renewable energy projects on the Orkney Islands will generate more electricity as compared to consumption or export with the existing grid infrastructure.


Thus, with this increased generation capacity, connecting Orkney to the Scottish transmission network is important to export this renewable electricity and increase the proportion of low-carbon electricity in the UK.


“The Orkney transmission link is critical for the development of renewable energy in the UK, and underscores our commitment to advancing electrification and renewable energy in the region,” said Pascal Radue, EVP Generation and Transmission at Nexans.

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