Nexans awarded 9 million Euro cable contract for China’s Tianwan nuclear power plant
Nexans to supply K0, K1, K2 (class 1E LOCA) qualified power cables as part of the construction of Phase 2 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant
Paris, September 26, 2013 - Nexans, a worldwide expert in the cable industry, has been awarded a 9 million Euro turnkey contract by China National Nuclear Corporation to supply power cables and accessories for the construction of the second phase (units 3 & 4) of the Tianwan nuclear power plant, located in Lianyungang City, Jiangsu province, China. The entire project comprises the construction of two additional Russian type VVER-1000 pressurised water reactors, which will each generate 1060 MW power. The cables and accessories will be supplied for applications within the nuclear containment area and will be installed from 2015.
Manufacture will take place over the course of the next three years at Nexans’ facility in Mehun-sur-Yèvre, France. The cables will adhere to strict international safety standards including K0, K1, K2 (class 1E LOCA), which govern the quality of cables to be installed at operational nuclear sites.
The cable technology used will ensure enhanced fire-performance in emergency situations, with insulation sheathing material having a high level of fire-retardancy and fire resistance together with low-smoke and low toxicity characteristics, provided by the use of zero-halogen materials. During their operational life, the cables will be subject to harsh conditions, such as severe environmental high pressures and temperatures as well as residual radiations.
Olivier Dervout, Market Segment Director says: “In addition to Nexans’ high technical expertise and the work it has previously done to supply cables for Phase 1 of this project, Nexans has been awarded this contract because of its strong customer-centric approach and its willingness to work closely with China’s nuclear regulators to ensure the cables and accessories are qualified for this project.”
Tianwan NPP background
China National Nuclear Corporation is responsible for the construction of Tianwan NPP. Three shareholders own it: China National Nuclear Corporation (50% shares), China Power Investment Corporation (30%) and Jiangsu Guoxin Group (20%). The construction of Phase 2 will be similar to Phase 1 and comprise two Russian type VVER-1000 pressurised water reactors, each capable of generating 1060 MW power.
With energy at the basis of its development, Nexans, worldwide expert in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions. The Group is a global player in the energy transmission and distribution, industry and building markets. Nexans addresses a wide series of market segments: from energy and telecom networks to energy resources (wind turbines, photovoltaic, oil and gas, and mining) to transportation (shipbuilding, aerospace, automotive and automation, and railways). Nexans is a responsible industrial company that regards sustainable development as integral to its global and operational strategy. Continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development and commitment, customer orientation and the introduction of safe industrial processes with limited environmental impact are among the key initiatives that place Nexans at the core of a sustainable future. With an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 25,000 people and had sales in 2012 of nearly 7.2 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A.