Nexans to supply ice-resistant control system


Power equipment

Nexans has been awarded a contract by Sevmash, a Russian shipbuilding company, to develop, manufacture and supply low-temperature and ice-resistant control, instrumentation and power cables.

The Nexans equipment will be used for the marine ice-protected Prirazlomnaya stationary oil production platform in the Barents Sea.

The Prirazlomnaya platform has been constructed specially for the development of the Prirazlomnoye oil field and is the first oil production project on the Russian Arctic shelf.

This area is characterised by extremely low temperatures and high ice loads.

It is ice-free for only 110 days a year, the annual average temperature is -4C and winter temperatures can fall as low as -50C.

The severe climate and harsh operating conditions presented by the high ice loads require marine cable technologies to provide the optimum combination of low-temperature resistance and fire-resistant, low-smoke halogen-free properties.

The special cables for Sevmash, totalling around 850km, will be produced in the specialised facilities of Nexans Kukdong Electric Wire Co, Korea.

Production has already started and deliveries will continue until the end of 2011.

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