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Nexans is investing in a new third-generation cable-laying vessel in order to, as the company says, support a record project backlog and meet future needs of offshore wind and interconnector projects.

According to Nexans, building upon the cutting-edge technology featured on the flagship vessel Nexans Aurora, the new vessel goes further with improved design, comfort and capabilities.

The vessel will be capable of running on biodiesel mix, will be equipped with three turntables, have a 13,500-tonne loading capacity, and host a large range of subsea tooling including jetting and ploughing tools. It will be able to lay up to four cables simultaneously.

The cable-laying vessel is expected to be delivered in 2026.

Nexans stated that this strategic decision will allow the company to meet the increasing demand for electrification, especially in the American and European markets, driven by a record project backlog and recently strengthened by the €1.7 billion contract with TenneT and €1.43 billion contract for the EuroAsia Interconnector project.