29 July 2009 – Nexans has been awarded a EUR15m ($21m) contract by Tata Power Company Limited, India’s largest private sector power utility, to design, manufacture and supply high voltage underground cables to reinforce the power infrastructure in Mumbai, the second most populous city in the world.
In a two-year total supply and service contract, Nexans will deliver five complete circuits of 220 kV cable and associated accessories to provide an extra 300 MVA of power carrying capacity for the underground network linking various EHV (Extra High Voltage) substations across Mumbai.
“Nexans has a long standing relationship with Tata Power going back over 20 years to when we first supplied Mumbai with EHV cables” said Nicholas Ballas, Nexans’ executive vice president for the Asia-Pacific Area.
“The technology has changed, so that we are now supplying new generation of high voltage environmentally friendly XLPE cable. Our relationship has also evolved into a ‘total supply and service partnership’ in which we support Tata Power throughout every step of the complex EHV project from the concept design to final implementation.”
Nexans expects to supply the cables during 2009 and 2010 to meet Tata Power’s project implementation phases, which will continue until 2011. The XLPE cable will be manufactured at its plant located in Hannover, Germany, while the accessories will be supplied by its Cossonay plant in Switzerland.