French-based electrification firm Nexans has entered right into a shipbuilding contract with Ulstein Group shipyard Ulstein Verft for the development of a big DP3 cable laying vessel in Norway.

The vessel is an up to date and improved model of Nexans’ present flagship, the 2021-built Nexans Aurora, and relies on the ST-297 CLV design by Skipsteknisk.

The brand new vessel will work alongside Nexans’ two different cable laying vessels to assist provide of superior subsea excessive voltage techniques, together with interconnections between international locations, offshore renewable options, and electrification of offshore installations.

The brand new vessel is designed for transporting and laying massive subsea cables, together with restoration and restore. Will probably be able to laying as much as 4 cables concurrently for large-scale initiatives and is developed for difficult climate situations, with superior maneuverability and station-keeping skills. The vessel will function a cut up turntable on deck with a capability of 10,000 tonnes, an under-deck turntable with a capability of three,500t, and a fibre optic basket holding 450t. It’s going to measure 149.9 meters in size, 31m in width, and may accommodate a crew of 90.

Ulstein Verft will probably be accountable for development and getting ready its topside tools at its yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.

“Ulstein is worked up to see Nexans return to Ulstein Verft for the development of a brand new cable laying vessel,” states Ulstein Group’s CEO, Cathrine Kristiseter Marti. “In 2021, we delivered the Nexans Aurora on time regardless of the challenges we confronted with dealing with the Covid pandemic. This provides to our lengthy historical past of delivering vessels to the agreed high quality and time.”

Nexan mentioned the addition of a brand new vessel will assist meet the rising demand for electrification, notably within the American and European markets. The funding is pushed by a big mission backlog and up to date contracts wins, together with a historic €1.7 billion settlement with TenneT and a €1.43 billion contract for the EuroAsia Interconnector mission.

“We awarded the contract for a brand new vessel to Ulstein after an intensive tendering course of, the place Ulstein’s observe document, together with the supply of Nexans Aurora, was vital components in deciding on the shipyard Ulstein Verft but once more,” says Pascal Radue, Nexans EVP Era & Transmission.

The shipbuilding contract was awarded by Nexans Marine Operations AS.