Nexans will increase the wind power potential in Romania

EnergyTechnical ArticlesSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 1/2016

Nexans has announced that the company’s high temperature conductor cables and accessories will transmit energy to the grid at EnergoBit S.A.’s 30MW Babadag II Wind Farm in Romania. The 140 km worth of conductor cables will be used to increase wind power potential in Romania, since the existing Babadag-Tulcea Vest 110 kv transmission line doesn’t have enough capacity to carry power from EnergoBit S.A.’s new wind farm.

Nexans’s high temperature ACSS/TW brant conductors can double the line rating while not adding mechanical loads. Upgrading the conductor on the 44 km OHL route permits the wind farm to work with existing infrastructure, minimizing cost and maximizing efficiency.

With its capacity of 194 MVA, the new power cable is in a position to carry out 63% more current than the present system when operating at an equivalent temperature. The ACSS conductors additionally allow for a 16% reduction in joule losses when operating at the same current as the existing ACSR system.

"The reason why we chose to work with Nexans was because of its experience in delivering service components for the Wind and renewables sector, alongside its track record of reliability, safety and quality," spoke of the delivery Stefan Gadola, CEO at EnergoBit S.A.

"With a 10 year long relationship between us, Nexans is excited to be working on another project with Energobit S.A, not only to service the needs of the Babadag III Wind Farm, but also to contribute to increased energy security within Romania," added Cyprien Federspiel, VP Sales & Marketing Land High Voltage at Nexans.

The conductors will be manufactured at Nexans’s Benelux plant in Elouge, Belgium, and installed at the Babadag III Wind Farm in Dobrogea, southeast Romania. Nexans has an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, employing close to 26,000 people.