While the Nordic countries are leading in clean electricity generation, their consumption of energy per capita is also among the highest in the world due to a cold climate and a sparse population distribution. To meet growing electricity demand and accompany increased energy production, BKK Nett AS, one of Norway’s largest power companies, decided to install the Kollsnes-Mongstad power line to strengthen the electrical grid in Western Norway. After the manufacturing and installation of two submarine cables for Kollsnes-Mongstad connection, BKK Nett AS has awarded Nexans a contract worth EUR 37M for delivery of the third and last submarine cable to complete the Modalen-Mongstad connection.
The new 420 kV connection between Modalen-Mongstad will ensure power supply to over 420,000 residents, businesses and industry facilities throughout the region. With the extensive archipelago landscape on the west coast of Norway, Nexans submarine cable will cross the Fensfjord, which is approximately 8 km wide and 526 meters at its deepest point, thus breaking the record of the world’s longest and deepest 420 kV XLPE submarine cable system.