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NKT wins historic Danish solar farm cable contract

When the Vandel III project is complete, it will not only be the largest solar farm in Denmark but in all of Northern Europe.

Illustration af Vandel III solpark. Photo: Be Green

The supply deal for connecting Denmark's coming 155 MW Vandell III solar farm will be kept within national borders.

Danish cable manufacturer NKT will deliver the 135-kilometer high-voltage cable to reinforce the local power grid and make it possible to connect the facility's many megawatts of photovoltaic energy to the wider network. The transmission lines will be made at the company's plants in Asnæs, Denmark, and Falun, Sweden.

The solar farm is a milestone in the country's history of solar power, still in its infancy – but the contract is also historic for NKT.

In a media release, the group informs that the 135-kilometer 72 kV XLPE high-voltage cable, ordered by domestic utility N1, is one of the largest in NKT's history when it comes to wiring up solar farms.

"We are proud to support N1 with an upgraded infrastructure for one of the most ambitious solar power projects in the Nordics. A reinforced power grid is essential if we are to make the global transition to renewable energy a success and huge infrastructure investments are required in all areas of the power grid to ensure sufficient capacity for efficient power distribution," writes NKT's Stefan Persson, head of sales in Applications for low- and medium-voltage power cables.

For N1, the deal constitutes a new normal, as the power company expects to place several more of such orders in the future.

"The transition to renewable energy is a natural part of our everyday life in N1 and we see more and more projects like Vandel III. To ensure a successful integration it is important for us to constantly reinforce the power grid to support the green transformation as well as maintaining our high distribution security to our 750,000 grid customers," writes N1 Director and Vice President of Business Management and Market Support Daniel Skovsbo Erichsen in the statement.

The cables will be delivered during 2020.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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