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Suzlon uses Nexans cables to connect Brazil wind farms to grid

French firm Nexans is supplying India’s Suzlon with cable solutions for 150 turbines across wind farms in Brazil

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Nexans will supply Suzlon with tower cables, MV inter-array cables and HV export cables to grid-connect wind farms in Brazil

Indian wind manufacturer Suzlon is using cable solutions from French firm Nexans to connect 150 turbines to the grid in Brazil. Nexans will supply its end-to-end cable solution technology for the Suzlon turbines to “ensure effective, efficient and reliable connections” across a series of wind farms in Brazil. The total contract is worth around EUR 11m.

In two framework agreements with Suzlon, Nexans will supply its WINDLINK LV and MV tower cables, site kits and accessories. These will be supplied together with MV inter-array cables and HV export cables, which form connections to local substations in Brazil. The MV inter-array cables will link the turbines to together, while the HV export cables will connect the wind farms to local substations across Brazil’s electricity grid.

Nexans said supplying the technology will enable Suzlon to benefit from advanced, fully integrated, end-to-end cable solutions, which provide comprehensive technical and logistical support.

Hemant Prabhakar, Nexans’ group key account manager for Suzlon, said: "Our high level of involvement with Suzlon is a perfect illustration of how Nexans continues to extend its service well beyond simply supplying cables to supporting wind industry customers with complete solutions, technical documentation, logistics and site supervision."

In addition to wind farms in Brazil, Nexans will supply cables solutions to Suzlon’s production sites across other growth markets, including Vietnam, Indonesia and South Korea.

The announcement from Suzlon and Nexans follows news that installed wind power capacity in Brazil is set to reach 20.1GW by 2022. Yearly installations in the BRIC country are set to top 1.5GW by 2016.