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Nexans bags EUR100 million contract from Philippian NGCP [free access]

December 5, 2018

French cabling solution provider Nexans has secured a EUR100 million turnkey contract from the private grid concessionaire National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to manufacture, deliver, and install 350 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) submarine cable for the Visayas–Mindanao Grid Connection Project (VMIP) in the South Asian country.


NGCP launched the VMIP project to connect the three power grids of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao into one unified national grid. With its completion, expected by 2020, NGCP aims to ensure more stable and secure supply of power in the country and maximise the use of available local energy resources.


The project involves the construction of a 92-km-long, ±350 kV HVDC submarine cable between the Santander (in Cebu, Visayas) and Dapitan (in Zamboanga del Norte, Mindanao) cable terminal stations (CTS); a 50-km-long, ±350 kV HVDC overhead transmission line (OHTL) from Santander CTS to the Sibonga converter station in Cebu; a 135-km-long, HVDC OHTL from Dapitan CTS to the New Aurora converter station in Mindanao; new converter stations, including associated electrode stations and electrode lines in Sibonga, Cebu and Aurora, Mindanao; a new substation in Umapad, Cebu, including associated transmission line extensions from the Cebu–Lapu transmission line cable; CTSs in Santander (Cebu) and Dapitan (Zamboanga Del Norte); and expansion of the Magdugo (in Cebu) and New Aurora (in Mindanao) substations. The project is estimated to cost PHP51.67 billion.


The 350 kV submarine mass impregnated (MI) cable will be manufactured in Nexans’ Nippon High Voltage Cable Corporation plant in Futtsu, Japan as well as in Nexans Norway plant in Halden. The installation and protection works at water depths up to 650 metres will be performed by Nexans’ own cable laying vessel C/S Nexans Skagerrak.


(EUR1=USD1.14; PHP1=USD0.019)