Nexans to Supply Nuclear Rated Cables to Hinkley Point C

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 12/17/2020, Location: Europe

Nexans will play a key role in the UK’s energy transition with a contract worth around €20 million to supply specialized nuclear cables for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station. Over a six-year contract, Nexans will design and manufacture a total of 3,000 kilometers of cables developed to ensure safety, reliability and long life.

Hinkley Point C, under construction in the UK County of Somerset, marks a significant milestone in the revitalization of the UK’s nuclear power sector. With two EPR reactors producing 3,200 megawatts of power for the national grid, the plant will be capable of supplying around 6 million UK homes with low-carbon electricity. This will make a major contribution to the UK’s move to net zero and will offset 9 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year over the plant’s 60-year lifespan.

Nexans is supplying a variety of custom-designed, nuclear-rated cables for the Hinkley Point C site, including medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) power, control and instrumentation cables for pumps, valves, safety systems, power supplies and control room monitoring. They will be installed inside and outside of the nuclear containment area. It is vital that the cables continue to perform safely and reliably under the demanding environmental conditions corresponding to normal, accidental and/or post-accidental plant operating conditions.

To satisfy the most rigorous safety standards, Nexans ENERGEN NUC halogen-free cables that comply with the Euroclass requirements for reaction to fire. They will be manufactured at the Nexans factory in Mehun-sur-Yevre, France.


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