French cable manufacturer Nexans has announced that it is building a new vessel for submarine high voltage cable installation.
The vessel is designed by consulting agency Skipsteknisk and will be built by Croatia’s Uljanik Group. Scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2020, the vessel is specifically designed to have a reduced environmental impact.
The construction of the vessel is part of Nexans’ recently announced initiative to reinforce its manufacturing and installation capacities to meet the growing demand for HV cabling systems, with a particular focus on interconnectors and offshore wind projects worldwide.
Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge, CEO OF Nexans, commented: “The construction of this new cable-laying vessel is a fundamental milestone in our commitment to cleaner energy. For many decades, Nexans has been acting for energy transition and sustainable development. In this next exciting chapter of our capacity to meet customer expectations, the cutting-edge technology of the new ship will enable Nexans to support countries in their development of the unlimited potential of renewable power generation.”
Nexans currently operates one elderly cable-laying vessel, the 1976-built Nexans Skagerrak.