Nexans wins a contract worth 12 million euros for the supply of special cables to Romania

Paris, May 15, 2002 � Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has been awarded a contract in Romania by the national power company Nuclearelectrica SA. The order is for special cable equipment for the second stage of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant.

This order, worth 12 million euros, covers the supply of 1500 km of cables, i.e. almost all the cable required for the power plant�s second reactor. Delivery is scheduled for 2003.

The cables are for medium and low voltage supply to all the reactor�s power equipment, control cables that contribute to this reactor�s sound operation and, lastly, measurement and instrumentation cables used to collect and transmit all data used in the reactor�s operation.

All the cables will be manufactured in the Lyon, France, plant that has the expertise for products used in nuclear facilities. Halogen-free fire retardant (HFFR), and low-smoke emission, these cables must comply with special radiation resistance specifications for the reactor�s 30-year life span, and with the stresses established under the reference accident, i.e. reactor runaway with thermodynamic shock and very high level radiation.

As a result of this success,� declared Michel Mayoud, Managing Director of Industrial Applications, � Nexans has confirmed its lead position for the supply of nuclear cables, since it is the main supplier for most reactors built in the recent past:
- Candu Canadian technology for Cernavoda (Romania) and Qinshan (China),
- PWR (Framatome) for China,
- VVER for China and the Czech Republic
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