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Nexans to upgrade Romania wind link

ROMANIA: Nexans will provide 140km of high temperature conductor cables to help integrate the 30MW Babadag III wind project.

Construction of the Babadag III wind project was completed this year (pic: Afaplan)
Construction of the Babadag III wind project was completed this year (pic: Afaplan)

According to Nexans, the existing 110kV power line does not have enough capacity to carry the power from the project in southeast Romania to the national grid.

Nexans said its high temperature conductors will carry 63% more current and double line rating "without adding mechanical loads" along the 44km cable route.

Energobit, an electrical specialist that has developed the project, completed the work on Babadag III project this year, which comprises 15 Gamesa 2MW turbines.

"With a 10 year long relationship between us, Nexans is excited to be working on another project with Energobit SA, not only to service the needs of the Babadag III Wind Farm, but also to contribute to increased energy security within Romania," said Nexans vice president of sales and marketing Cyprien Federspiel.

The conductors will be manufactured at Nexan's facility in Belgium.

The project is 2.5km northwest of Babadag, and is expected to provide some 85,000MWh, equivalent to the annual consumption of around 30,000 Romanian households, according to Energobit.

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