Nexans at the heart of solar energy in Australia


Australia has been enjoying a boom period in its solar power market which could see its solar power capacity almost doubling to over 12 GW. Nexans is playing a key role in this growth by supplying specialized power cables for Australia’s solar farms and has just been awarded contracts for six major new projects in the states of Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW).

The generating capacity of the four solar farms will total 672 MW, enough electricity to power over 600,000 homes. They are being commissioned and Nexans is continuing to invest in ongoing cable testing and innovation to meet the requirements of Australia’s renewable energy projects.

Geoffrey Simpson, market manager of renewables at Nexas, said. “These major new solar farm contracts in Australia are a perfect example of how Nexans is helping to support the global energy transition. Whatever the renewable energy application, whatever the voltage, HV, MV or LV, we can offer specialized end-to-end cable solutions that ensure effective, efficient and reliable grid connections.”

The six cable supply contracts have been placed with Nexans Olex by Biosar Australia, a leading global solar farm EPC contractor, covering the supply of medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) direct current (DC) cables for the Kiamal, Susan River, Childers, Oakey II, Nevertire and Middlemount solar farm projects. The scope of supply covers Nexans’ full range of KEYLIOS products including underground 33 kV cables, underground 1,500 V low voltage cables, photovoltaic (PV) under-array cables, underground data cables, inverter to transformer connectors, communication, tracker control and associated accessories.

The power and control cabling is manufactured and supplied by Nexans China plant in Yanggu and Nexans Olex plant in Lilydale, Australia, supported by a range of Nexans Olex specialist manufacturer partners.

All the underground power cables incorporate the Nexans Olex EcoTerm™ solution that provides an effective barrier to degradation from termites.

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