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Nexans to supply nuclear rated cables to Hinkley Point C project to bring carbon-free electricity to six million uk homes

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 is the first nuclear power plant to be constructed in the UK for over 25 years.
  • The project will make a major contribution to reducing the country’s carbon emissions and will have the capacity to supply six million UK homes with electricity.
  • Nexans ENERGEN NUC power and control cables will ensure continuous fail-safe operation for critical services at the plant’s two EPR reactors. 

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. 

Oliver Dervout, Nexans Market Segment Director for Power Generation said: “We are very excited to be involved in this ground-breaking project for the UK’s nuclear power program. We have already gained considerable experience as a supplier of nuclear-qualified cables for EPR projects worldwide, such as Flamanville (FA3) in France and Taishan in China. Winning the contract for Hinkley Point C confirms our  solid reputation in the nuclear segment. The key to our success is the ability to combine technical expertise, high level products and extensive industrial design and manufacturing capability.”  

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-Yèvre, France.

About Nexans 

Nexans is a key driver for the world’s transition to a more connected and sustainable energy future. For over 120 years, the Group has brought energy to life by providing customers with advanced cable technologies for power and data transmission. Today, Nexans goes beyond cables to offer customers a complete service that leverages digital technology to maximize the performance and efficiency of their critical assets. The Group designs solutions and services along the entire value chain in three main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities and e­mobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, subsea interconnections, land high voltage), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, oil and gas, automation, and others). 

Corporate Social Responsibility is a guiding principle of Nexans’ business activities and internal practices. In 2013 Nexans was the first cable provider to create a Foundation supporting sustainable initiatives bringing access to energy to disadvantaged communities worldwide. The Group’s commitment to developing ethical, sustainable and high-quality cables also drives its active involvement within leading industry associations, including Europacable, the NEMA, ICF and CIGRE.

Nexans employs nearly 26,000 people with an industrial footprint in 34 countries and commercial activities worldwide. In 2019, the Group generated 6.7 billion euros in sales. 

Nexans is listed on Euronext Paris, compartment A.

For more information, please visit www.nexans.com

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Metso Outotec delivers flotation technology to GTK’s pilot plant

Metso Outotec will deliver new, smart flotation cells to GTK Mintec’s pilot plant in Outokumpu, Finland. The delivery consists of approximately 20 pilot flotation machines and additional equipment. GTK Mintec is replacing the flotation cells to modernize and expand its services. The new flotation cells will support the improvement of the monitoring of beneficiation studies and process design.

“GTK and Metso Outotec promote sustainable and competitive mining technologies. We are pleased that GTK chose Metso Outotec’s leading edge flotation technology for their test facilities,” says Stephan Kirsch, President of Metso Outotec’s Minerals business area.

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“The test plant and laboratory in Outokumpu offer mining customers a comprehensive service package. The whole production process needed for a mineral deposit can be tested there on the scale required by the research problem. Through the flotation investment, our domestic and international customers can use state-of-the-art technology in research related to battery minerals and circular economy materials, for example,” says the head of the Circular Economy Solutions unit Jouko Nieminen from the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK).

Further information:

Paul Sohlberg, Vice President, Separation business line, Metso Outotec, tel. +358 40 481 3737, email: paul.sohlberg(at)mogroup.com

Metso Outotec is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing, metals refining and recycling industries globally.  By improving our customers’ energy and water efficiency, increasing their productivity, and reducing environmental risks with our product and process expertise, we are the partner for positive change.   

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Metso Outotec employs over 15,000 people in more than 50 countries and its pro forma sales for 2019 were about EUR 4.1 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. mogroup.com, twitter.com/metsooutotec

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ANDRITZ to supply another high-efficiency PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with biomass firing in Japan

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Toyo Engineering Corporation, Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system. The boiler will be part of a new biomass power plant to be built in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, some 30 km southeast of Tokyo. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in late 2023.

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The PowerFluid boiler to be supplied by ANDRITZ features low emissions, high efficiency and availability, as well as high fuel flexibility. It forms an essential part of a high-efficiency biomass power plant for supply of green energy to the national grid. The biomass power plant fired with wood pellets and palm kernel shells as main fuels will generate around 75 MWel of power.

This is now the ninth order within three years for supply of an ANDRITZ PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler to the Japanese market. This confirms ANDRITZ’s comprehensive expertise and acknowledged competence in the biomass-fired fluidized bed boiler sector. ANDRITZ is one of the leading global suppliers of power boiler technologies and systems for generating steam and electricity from renewable and fossil fuels, with a large number of very successful references worldwide.

ANDRITZ GROUP

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. The global product and service portfolio is rounded off with plants for power generation, recycling, the production of nonwovens and panelboard, as well as automation and digital solutions offered under the brand name of Metris. The publicly listed group today has around 27,800 employees and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries.

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WEG confirms strong presence in the retrofiting of large Transformer for COPEL in Brazil

In addition to the retrofitting of the Transformer, the scope also provided for the study, supply and installation of 12 high voltage insulators for connection in SF6, in other 04 machines

Restoring large equipment, with very unique characteristics, originally from another major manufacturer, and further improving the project, reinforces WEG's quality and high technical capacity. In addition to the repair of the three-phase elevator transformer, the service also involved the study, supply and installation of 12 high voltage bushings, on 04 machines from the same plant.

The performance of the service ensured greater operational security for Copel (Companhia Paranaense de Energia) and also for its users. The Governador José Richa Hydroelectric Plant, also known as the Salto Caxias power plant, located in the city of Capitão Leônidas Marques - PR, where the service was performed, is one of Copel's most important, with 1,240 MW of power.

WEG competed with other important players, including the original manufacturer.  Because of this large peice of equipment, with high voltage insulated with SF6 gas, the main differential in this supply was the ability of WEG to quickly develop a manufacturer alternative for such a high voltage bushings that met both technically and commercially, thus enabling the process of reforming the transformer.

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The service package, provided by WEG, included the scope of the study, supply and installation in the field of 12 high voltage RIP SF6 bushings, in the four main transformers already installed; study, adaptation and supply of 03 new high voltage RIP SF6 bushings for the spare transformer; supply of 01 new spare high voltage bushing (RIP SF6); complete overhaul of the transformer, including complete rewinding, new high voltage outputs, studies and improvements in the cooling system, structural improvements in the tank and the main cover, alteration of the pressing system of the active part and supply of a new breech to the core.

In an extremely agile and coordinated process, the WEG team, made up of Engineering, Supplies and Services, made the necessary adaptations to replace the bushings in the field possible, valuing the operational condition as much as possible and reducing the changes in the set of original coil outputs, minimizing any impact on field activities.

About WEG

Founded in 1961, WEG is a global electric-electronic equipment company, operating mainly in the capital goods sector with solutions in electric machines, automation and paints for several sectors, including infrastructure, steel, pulp and paper, oil and gas, mining, among many others. WEG stands out in innovation by constantly developing solutions to meet the major trends in energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric mobility. With manufacturing units in 12 countries and present in more than 135 countries, the company has more than 31,000 employees worldwide. WEG’s net revenue reached R$ 13.3 billion in 2019, 58% from external markets.

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Global power industry contracts in Q3 2020: Hydro technology down 4%

Hydro technology contracts activity in Q3 2020 saw 53 contracts announced, marking a drop of 4% over the last four-quarter average of 55, according to GlobalData’s power industry contracts database.

Looking at global power contracts activity divided by the type of technology, hydro held the fourth position in terms of number of contracts during Q3 2020 with a 5.5% share.

2017 04 20 114457The proportion of contracts by category in the Hydro technology tracked by GlobalData in the quarter was as follows:

  • Supply & Erection: 19 contracts and a 35.8% share
  • Power Purchase Agreement: 11 contracts and a 20.8% share
  • Consulting & Similar Services: eight contracts and a 15.1% share
  • Project Implementation: seven contracts and a 13.2% share
  • Repair, Maintenance, Upgrade & Others: six contracts and an 11.3% share
  • Electricity Supply: two contracts and a 3.8% share.

Asia-Pacific leads hydro contracts activity in Q3 2020

Comparing contracts activity in hydro technology in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position with 23 contracts and a share of 43.4% during Q3 2020, followed by Europe with 15 contracts and a 28.3% share and South and Central America with seven contracts and a 13.2% share.

In fourth place was Middle East and Africa with six contracts and an 11.3% share and in fifth place was North America with two contracts and a 3.8% share.

Hydro technology contracts in Q3 2020: Top issuers by capacity

The top issuers of contracts in Hydro technology for the quarter in terms of power capacity involved were:

  • Government of Pakistan (Pakistan): 700.7MW from one contract
  • Walcha Energy (Australia): 500MW from one contract
  • Teck Resources (Canada): 72MW capacity from one contract.

Hydro technology contracts in Q3 2020: Top winners by capacity

The top winners of contracts for the quarter in terms of power capacity involved were:

  • China Gezhouba Group (China): 732.7MW from two contracts
  • GE Renewable Energy (France): 500MW from one contract
  • AES Gener (Chile): 72MW capacity from one contract.

All publicly-announced contracts are included in this analysis drawn from GlobalData’s Power database, which covers power plants, T&D projects, equipment markets, analysis reports, capacity and generation, and tracks tenders and contracts on a real-time basis. 

About GlobalData 

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