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General Cable Announces First Offshore Windfarm Contract Award

BARD Offshore 1 is the first commercial wind farm to be located in the North Sea and is expected to be completed in 2010.
by Staff Writers
Nordenham, Germany (SPX) Jan 14, 2008
General Cable reported that its subsidiary, Norddeutsche Seekablewerke GmbH (NSW), has been awarded its first submarine power contract by BARD Engineering GmbH, for more than $30 million related to the construction of BARD Offshore 1. BARD Offshore 1 is a 400 megawatt wind farm consisting of 80 wind turbines that will be located north-west of the Isle of Borkum in the North Sea.

BARD Offshore 1 is the first commercial wind farm to be located in the North Sea and is expected to be completed in 2010. NSW will produce approximately 66 miles of power cable for the infield infrastructure portion of the project which will harness the electricity generated by the turbines for transmission back to shore. The field will be located in water 75 miles offshore with a depth of approximately 130 feet.

"We believe that the North Sea will be an area of high growth for wind power generation due to its ideal conditions of high sustainability of wind and shallow waters, key factors allowing for efficient use of the turbines and for anchoring the windmill towers. With its long history and experience in submarine cabling systems, NSW is ideally positioned to take advantage of this high growth opportunity," said Valentin Jug, Chairman of NSW.

General Cable acquired NSW in April 2007 and began an investment program to expand the capability of the facility to include submarine power cables and repeatered submarine telecommunications cable. NSW is located on a tributary of the North Sea, with its own deep-sea pier. The Company believes that once the expansion of NSW is completed, it will be well positioned to address all aspects of submarine cable needs for the expanding offshore wind farm market.

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