Nexans Olex wins three solar farm projects in Brisbane, Queensland area

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Nexans Olex is proud to have been awarded 3 very influential solar farms, all within proximity to Brisbane, Australia. The solar farms located at Susan River, Childers and Oakey are currently under construction by a leading solar farm specialist EPC contractor who have appointed Nexans Olex for the supply of their MV & LV DC cabling systems.

The Susan River project (http://susanriversolarfarm.com.au/) is an ESCO Pacific utility grade solar farm development located between Harvey Bay and Maryborough Queensland. It has a generating capacity of 75MW AC and connects to the Ergon Energy 66KV Transmission network.  The farm covers 350,000 solar panels and covers an area of 176 hectares.

The Childers project (http://childersolarfarm.com.au/) is another ESCO Pacific development located at Childers, 60km from Bundaberg Queensland. ESCO currently have 3 solar farms under various stages of development with a further 5 in the pipeline. It has a generating capacity of 120MW AC and connects to the Ergon Energy 66KV Transmission network.  The farm covers 400,000 solar panels and covers an area of 180 hectares.

The Oakey solar farm project (https://oakeysolarfarm.com.au/) is stage 2 of a Canadian Solar utility grade solar farm development located West of Toowoomba Queensland and will generate 55MW of power connecting into the Ergon Energy transmission grid. The farm utilises 200,000 solar panels and covers an area of 150 hectares.

On all 3 projects, Nexans Olex began working with the project owner at the design stage in 2017 providing specialist engineering support covering Standards, specifications plus cable and system design support aimed at regulatory compliance and optimised design life performance.  All cables were required to meet stringent operating environment conditions including termite infestation.

In early March 2018, Nexans Olex was awarded the supply of Photovoltaic under array cables, underground DCA cables, inverter to transformer connectors and 33KV medium voltage cables, communication, tracker drive, control cables and associated accessories. All underground power cables incorporate the new Nexans Olex EcoTerm solution, a positive termite barrier that is effective over the full 30-year design life of the farm.

Providing support for these projects were the Nexans Olex technical and estimating team along with Nexans central engineering and product specialists.  The highly skilled project management team are leading these projects from start to finish, with on-time delivery, timely communication and reporting whilst providing smart problem solving, quick thinking, and an attention to customer.

With the customer’s satisfaction at the forefront, a high calibre of trust and reliability, as well as an easy approach to do business makes for a good customer – supplier relationship, and that’s what the team here at Nexans Olex has provided; all of which are aligned with our “TrustOlex” message. All three solar farms are expected to be completed over the next year.

On a global scale, the Nexans Olex team’s approach to “think customer” is central to the Nexans’ Global Renewable Energy Strategy. The strategy is constructed to bring value to Independent Power Producers, including their associated Engineering, Procurement & Construction companies (EPC). The focus is to reduce capital and operational expenditure and therefore boost the customer’s return on investment.

Nexans Global continue to invest into cable testing and innovation to meet the 30-year design life requirements of such renewable energy farms. Nexans also partner with cable specialist companies in areas including mechanical laying to generate capital savings through optimised trench length, geometry, and filling rate. And on top of this, Nexans are developing new services dedicated to resources for network engineering to work with EPCs at the early stages of projects. This is via the identification of optimal network layouts which in-turn lead to customer savings and hence project wins.

Globally, Nexans brings life to Energy Transition.