Nexans Awarded 9 million Euro Cable Contract for China’s Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant

class 1E LOCA cableNexans 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.”

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