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ABB is one of the world’s most experienced manufactur- ers of large subsea power cables. The know-how that we have acquired from installing subsea transmission cable interconnections around the world is now a valuable asset for the offshore wind, gas and oil industry. ABB has proven its capability to design and install an optimal cable system for a diverse set of applications, taking into account production costs, installation costs, power losses and operational costs.

ABB has the know-how and resources to provide a complete set of services from design to commissioning.

  • Cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cable systems for AC

  • HVDC Light® cable systems for DC

  • Mass-impregnated paper-insulated (MIND) cable systems for DC

  • Cable accessories

  • Offshore cable laying, installation, burial and protection

  • Project management and commissioning

XLPE Subsea Cables

ABB furnished XLPE cables are proven to be highly reliable. XLPE cables possess high chemical resistance to oil and solvents, excellent tensile strength and high abrasion resistance. The cables can withstand high short- circuit temperatures and the dimensional stability above 90ºC is very good. XLPE cables also have a high AC voltage breakdown strength.


ABB Experience

ABB has manufactured XLPE cables since the late 1960s and has delivered more than 3,000 km of polymeric insu- lated subsea cables. We performed our first subsea instal- lation in 1953, and in 1973 we connected the Finnish island of Åland to the Swedish mainland with three 55 km long XLPE cables rated at 84 kV.

Quality & Environment

There is a worldwide focus on environmental issues. Governments and power suppliers are supporting renew- able energy sources such as wind power and oil/gas com- panies are substituting less efficient and CO2 emitting gas- turbine generation on platforms with power supplies from the mainland. This has led to an increasing world-wide demand for subsea cable solutions with less environmen- tal impact.

Health, safety and environmental issues are of great importance to ABB. Our cable projects are delivered and installed in a safe and orderly manner without endange- ring people, materials or nature. ABB standards are fully adapted to offshore requirements and meet the require- ments from the most demanding offshore oil companies such as Statoil and Saudi Aramco.

ABB has well-developed quality and environmental systems which are certified according to ISO 9001 and 14001. Our quality and environmental management systems are tools designed to successfully fulfill the requirements of customers, regulatory agencies and other government authorities, and the internal requirements of the ABB Group.

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