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A subsidiary of TKH has won a contract from Vattenfall to supply 150 km 66 kV inter-array cables for the Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm (HKZ) 1-2, which is located in the North Sea.

The contract includes the manufacture and delivery of 150 km of 66 kV aluminum core cables and accessories. The execution of the installation and cable laying is scheduled for 2022-23.

The offshore wind farm, known as HKZ 1-2, is located about 22 km from the Dutch coast, between The Hague and Zandvoort. When completed, the wind farm will have an installed capacity of approximately 750 MW, and an annual electricity output equal to the consumption of approx. 1-1.5 million Dutch households.

The delivery and installation of the inter array cables will start in 2022. It is expected that the offshore wind farm will be fully operational in 2023.

Last modified on August 1, 2020

Hellenic Cables, a Greek supplier of submarine cable systems, has won a contract from Seaway 7, Subsea 7’s Renewable Energy business unit, to supply 66 kV inter-array cables and components for an offshore wind farm.

A press release said that the order is for the Seagreen Marine Wind Farm, is a 1.075 GW project located 27 km off the coast of Angus, Scotland, where it will be developed and operated by Seagreen Wind Energy Limited. When completed, it will be the largest wind farm in Scotland.

The contract calls for Hellenic Cables to design and produce approximately 320 km of 66 kV inter-array cables with XLPE insulation, as well as relevant components. The cables will be made in the company’s submarine cable production unit in Corinth. Delivery is set for early 2022.

“We are proud to support Seaway 7 in a project that will provide low carbon energy to around 1 million households and accelerate the energy transition in the U.K.,” said Hellenic Cables CEO Alexios Alexiou. Hellenic Cables is one of the largest producers of cables in Europe, manufacturing power and telecommunication cables as well as submarine cables for various industrial uses, such as submarine cables for wind power projects and interconnections, as well as turnkey power transmission and distribution projects.

In other news, earlier this year Hellenic Cables announced that it has reached an agreement with Enel Green Power that will allow all its electricity needs in Greece to be met by renewable energy sources. That would include its submarine cable factory in Corinth and its high-voltage cable factory in Thebes.

Last modified on August 1, 2020

Nexans has signed a €2.1 million contract with Coptech to deliver 206 km of fire-retardant power cables for the new flue gas desulfurization unit at Serbia’s 1,560 megawatt (MW) Nikola Tesla A coal-fired power plant.

A press release said that the project is part of the Serbian government’s pledge to invest €14 billion in boosting the country’s economy, including the development of its power generation sector. All the cables for the Nikola Tesla A project are fire retardant power cables according to IEC 60332-3-24 CAT C. The LV cables feature cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) insulation. Both the MV and LV cables will be manufactured at Nexans’ Denizli factory in Turkey. The first deliveries will be in 2020, with final deliveries in 2021 when the flue gas desulfurization unit is scheduled to come online.

Nikola Tesla A is part of the Termoelektrane Nikola Tesla (TENT) power generation complex in Obrenovac, a municipality of Belgrade, Serbia’s capital city. The addition of the flue gas desulfurization unit is a key step in achieving a major reduction in sulfur dioxide and particulates emissions from the plant to enable it to meet stringent EU environmental standards.

“Nexans Turkey, which will manufacture the cables, has worked closely with its strong local partnerships to deliver high-quality cables during this difficult period,” said Nexans Romania General Manager Dumitru Sirbu. “We are excited by the prospect of making an important contribution to the power generation sector.”

“Once again, we are proud to be working with Nexans on such an important project,” said Coptech General Manager Aleksandar Stankovic. “Their expertise in the power generation sector will be invaluable.

Last modified on August 1, 2020

NKT has won a contract worth approximately €235 million to deliver and install a high-voltage DC (direct current) interconnector for SSEN Transmission’s Shetland HVDC Link project.

A press release said that the turnkey order calls for some 2 x 260 km of 320 kV high-voltage DC on- and offshore power cables. The power cables will be manufactured in Karlskrona, Sweden, with expected production to start in 2021, with commissioning in 2024, with installation done by the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria.

“I am very pleased that we are selected as partner for the Shetland HVDC Link, which will provide a sustainable grid connection to Shetland and renewable energy supply from the island,” said NKT President and CEO Alexander Kara. “With this opportunity we continue our good relationship with SSEN Transmission, with whom we also successfully completed the Caithness-Moray Link, connecting Eastern and Northern Scotland.”

The Shetland HVDC Link will be the first transmission connection between the Scottish mainland and the island of Shetland, located off the northeast coast of Scotland. The link will facilitate the connection of renewable energy generation to the main Great Britain electricity system.

NKT notes that it is part of the green solution as it is providing power cables in a plant running on 100% green electricity. It added that the NKT Victoria is the industry’s most sustainable cable-laying vessel, running on power from the quay-side when in harbor.

Last modified on August 1, 2020
Freeport-McMoRan Copper Products (Freeport), also known as Phelps Dodge, has decided to close its rod plant in Norwich, due to the downturn in business amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Per a report in The Day, a notice filed with the state Department of Labor by the plant’s manager, James Hodson, said that the plant expects to permanently lay off about 117 employees, beginning in August. About 90 employees will be laid off between Aug. 17 and Aug. 30, and the remaining employees, about 27, will be laid off during a sec-ond 14-day period following the first.

“Phelps-Dodge Industries Inc. has carefully reviewed our operations at our Norwich Plant in light of the dramatic downturn in business and economic uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Hodson wrote in the filing with the state. “... we have taken a close look at our rod and refining operations to evaluate whether they are eco-nomically viable. After much careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to close the Norwich Plant.”

The story cited a company statement that said Freeport would “gain efficiencies” with two other rod mill operations in El Paso, Texas, and Miami, Arizona.
Last modified on July 1, 2020

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of prestressed concrete steel wire strand.

A press release said that imports of prestressed concrete steel wire strand in the U.S. from Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Arab Emirates that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product from Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Arab Emirates, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about July 10, 2020, and its antidumping duty determinations due on or about September 23, 2020.

Last modified on June 24, 2020

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that revoking the existing antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CV) duty orders on imports of carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

A press release said that due to the finding, the existing AD and CV duty orders on imports of this product from China will remain in place. For the wire rod, the AD rates were 106.19% for eight exporters/producers, and 110.25% for six other manufacturers. The investigation was done under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.

Last modified on June 24, 2020

NEC Corporation announced that it has been tabbed by the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) Consortium as a supplier for a high-performance submarine cable connecting China (Hong Kong SAR and Guangdong Province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

A press release said that the NEC will construct the 9,400-km ADC cable, which is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022. The cable will feature multiple pairs of high capacity optical fibers and is designed to carry more than 140 Tbps of traffic, enabling high capacity transmission of data across the East and Southeast Asian regions. ADC’s high capacity allows it to support increasingly bandwidth-intensive applications which are driven by technological advancements in 5G, the cloud, the Internet-of-Things and Artificial Intelligence. This will further enhance the expansion of communications networks in the region.

ADC, a global consortium of leading communications and technology companies, includes CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT Inc., Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel.“The ADC system provides the highest cable capacity and necessary diversity for Asia’s key information hubs, which will enable carriers and service providers to better plan their networks and services for a sustainable development,” said China Telecom’s Chang Weiguo, one of the ADC Co- Chairs.

“This new system will contribute to drive the Asian ICT business growth as one of the core infrastructures in the region and to meet the evolving marketplace,” said ADC Co-Chair Koji Ishii of SoftBank. “As a leading submarine cable system vendor, NEC has successfully provided many trans-Asia submarine cable systems, making the company the most reliable choice for the ADC supply partner.”

“As the supplier of the ADC Cable, NEC continues to support critical infrastructure in Asia,” said Atsushi Kuwahara, General Manager, Submarine Network Division, NEC Corporation. “This advanced optical fiber submarine cable system will provide seamless connectivity to the countries it lands in and the regions it services.”

Last modified on June 24, 2020

LS Cable & System (LS C&S) has won a government contract that was valued at approximately $82 million to supply both low-voltage and high-voltage power cable to Singapore.

A press release said that LS C&S will supply 400 km of cable though to 2021.The orders were from the Singaporean government, which has been replacing aged cables since 2017. LS C&S noted that has a strong foothold in Singapore, obtaining the biggest market share there. Raising transparency in operation and management of its business there, and active technological support for the past several years, led to winning the deal, it said.

“To overcome the global economic slowdown and the limited domestic demand, we have established a strong foothold overseas as a global company,” LS C&S President and CEO Myung Roe-hyun said. “This deal is a valuable achievement based on past efforts at a difficult time due to the Covid-19 crisis.”
In other news, LS C&S reported that it has begun to ship submarine cable for Taiwan’s offshore wind farms. Last year, it won an order to supply the high-voltage cable for the first offshore wind farm project being built in Taiwan. Some 70 km of cables will need to be installed for the site, which is located off the coast of Yunlin Xian in the west of Taiwan.

Last modified on June 24, 2020

Copperweld Group, Inc., announced the acquisition of Seminole Wire & Cable Co., Inc., a New Jersey-based supplier of specialty wire and cable products.

A press release said that the addition of Seminole “brings key value-added wire extrusion and other manufacturing capabilities in-house for Copperweld and ultimately takes the Copperweld brand directly to the end customer. Seminole also bolsters Copperweld’s wire finishing processes including cabling, braiding and assembly.” Copperweld will also leverage Seminole’s R&D team to promote quicker new product development and new advanced testing processes.

Partnering with Seminole will allow Copperweld to have more direct relationships and interaction with end users, ultimately allowing us to better serve our customers,” said Copperweld CEO Craig York. He added that it will also enable Copperweld will be able to offer bimetallic solutions to many Seminole customers currently using alternative products, “as Copperweld bimetallics can offer better form, fit and function.”

Copperweld, a supplier of bimetallic wiring products and the only domestic producer of copper clad steel (CCS) and copper clad aluminum (CCA) wire, was acquired in 2019 by Kinderhook Industries, LLC, a private investment firm that manages over $3.1 billion of committed capital “This strategic transaction provides upstream manufacturing capabilities that will support Copperweld production across multiple product lines as the business continues to grow” said Kinderhook Managing Director Paul Cifelli. “We look forward to seeing Copperweld leverage Seminole’s expertise in these production areas.”

Cifelli told WJI that Michael Genzel will continue to serve as president of Seminole Wire & Cable Co., Inc.

U.K.-based Primetals Technologies announced that it has signed a contract to supply three high-speed wire rod mills to a Chinese customer seeking to expand its capacity.

Per a press release, the deal for the single-strand, high-speed wire rod mills will include three Morgan Vee Mini-Blocks as mini-finishing mills (MFM). They will have three sets of Morgan Intelligent Pinch Rolls and high-speed laying heads, hydraulic systems and oil lube systems. Two mills will have a two-stand 230 MFM and the third will have a two-stand 250 MFM. Primetals Technologies will also supply air/oil systems for a snap shear and rollerized turndown.

Each of the three mills will have an annual production capacity of 720,000 metric tons and a maximum operating speed of 115 mps, a maximum rolling rate of 150 metric tons per hour. The mills will produce rod ranging from 5.5 to 20 mm and 20 to 28 mm in diameter, rebar of 6 to 16 mm in diameter, and coil with an inner diameter of 850 mm and an outer diameter of 1,250 mm.

“The new mills improved thermo-mechanical rolling capabilities will complement additional mills moving into the company’s main production base,” the release said. Start-up is scheduled to be completed this year. The customer, which was not named, was described as one of the largest raw material sup-pliers for fasteners in northern China. It also produces welding wire and carbon structural grades.

Last modified on August 26, 2020

Fisk Alloy, which in February announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Thermo Technologies of France, announced that the deal will not go through.

A press release said that the acquisition, which included the customary stipulation that it was pending due diligence and other conditions, was undone by Covid-19. “With the impact of Covid-19 on countries, markets, businesses and people worldwide, Fisk and Thermo Technologies have mutually and amicably come to the conclusion that now is not a good time to combine the companies. Hence, Fisk Alloy will not be acquired by Thermo Technologies,” Fisk Alloy CEO Erik Fisk said in a statement. “Our company will continue independently operating as we have for the past 46 years here in Hawthorne, New Jersey, with the same excellent solutions and service you’ve come to expect.”

Addressing customers, Fisk wrote, “For the years prior and for the moment at hand, thank you for your business and your understanding through what has been a most difficult time for everyone and everything.”

Founded in 1973 by John Fisk as a producer of high-quality copper alloy wire, the company today offers unique proprietary capabilities in high-performance alloy wire.

Last modified on June 12, 2020