Nexans cable provides 132kV interconnection between two CE Electric substations in Leeds

First ever UK application of Nexans' 132kV cable with XLPE insulation

March 31st, 2007 - Paris. Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has completed successfully a contract worth just under £1 million (Euros 1.4 million) to supply 132kV cable to the installation contractor, Balfour Beatty Power Networks, for a new high voltage interconnection between two key CE Electric substations in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The project is the first ever UK application of Nexans’ 132kV cable with XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) insulation.

The new interconnection between the Leeds East and Leeds North substations, which was energised in July 2006, is part of CE Electric’s programme to reinforce the power infrastructure serving the city of Leeds. For the project, Nexans’ factory in Hannover, Germany supplied around 18km of single core 132kV XLPE cable with a copper conductor cross-section of 630mm2.. The associated joints and terminations were supplied by the Nexans factory in Cossonay, Switzerland.

“XLPE cable has proved its high voltage capability in a number of power infrastructure projects throughout Europe, and is already well established at lower voltage levels in the UK. The successful completion of the first UK installation at 132kV is an important breakthrough for Nexans, and we expect this to be the first of many similar contracts”, says Paul Nelson, Nexans Country Manager UK & Ireland.

About CE Electric
Working through the electricity distribution companies NEDL and YEDL, CE Electric operates and maintains the electricity distribution network that delivers electricity to more than 3.7million premises. The network consists of more than 31,000 substations, 33,000 km of Overhead Line and 66,800 km of Underground Cable. CE Electric’s role is to ensure a reliable, consistent and safe supply of electricity. Its area of operation covers 25,000 square km, running from North Northumberland south to the Humber and North Lincolnshire, and from the east coast to the Pennines.

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With energy as the basis of its development, Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling systems. The Group is a global player in the infrastructure, industry and building markets. Nexans addresses a series of market segments from energy, transport and telecom networks to shipbuilding, oil and gas, nuclear, automotive, electronics, aeronautics, handling and automation. With an industrial presence in more than 30 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 21,000 people and had sales in 2006 of 7.5 billion euros. Nexans is listed on the Paris stock exchange, compartment A of the Eurolist of Euronext. More information on www.nexans.com