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    Nexans Skagerrak ready to put to sea after major conversion and upgrade

    Vessel & ROV News // March 31, 2010

    Nexans, the well known cables and cabling solutions company, has further extended the subsea cable-laying capabilities of Nexans Skagerrak, already one of the world’s most advanced cable ships, following the successful completion of a major conversion and upgrading project.

    The vessel will put to sea shortly from the Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Limited dockyard in Birkenhead, England where the 8 million Euro, two-month, fast-track contract was carried out.
    The conversion and upgrade has increased Nexans Skagerrak’s capability to carry out even larger scale power cable and umbilical installation projects, to meet the changing needs of customers in the subsea interconnector and oil and gas sectors. It has also extended her service life and increased her autonomy while at sea.
    The major element in the project has been the insertion of a new 12.5m pre-fabricated hull section that has increased the ship’s overall length to 112.25m. An additional accommodation module has also been installed, taking the total number of single cabins on board to 60, together with a new work deck, complete with cable-handling equipment, that has increased on the on-deck storage capacity to around 2,000m2 (from 900m2). The upgrade has increased the ship’s deadweight from 7,886 tonnes to 9,373 tonnes.
    “Owning and operating our own dedicated cable ship forms a vital part of Nexans’ strategy to provide a comprehensive service for subsea projects, from design, development and manufacture to installation“, said Krister Granlie, Managing Director of Nexans’ Umbilicals & Submarine High Voltage Business Group.

    “This major upgrade and conversion underlines our commitment to the subsea sector, and ensures we are well prepared to handle the growing market trend for ever longer cables and larger scale installations.”
    The first project for Nexans Skagerrak on leaving Birkenhead will be the BP Valhall PFS (power from shore) project in the North Sea. This involves the laying of 292km of HVDC cable, as well as a separate optical fibre cable, to provide the Valhall offshore platform with power generated onshore in Norway.

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