ABB wins $16 million wind farm contract in Sweden

2006-03-16 - Reliable XLPE cable interconnections carry offshore wind power to mainland

Zurich, March 16, 2006 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today said it has won a contract worth $16 million to supply the power cables to Lillgrund offshore wind farm in Sweden. The installation is expected to generate about 330-gigawatt/hours (GWh) per year, enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes.

Lillgrund is the largest offshore wind farm in Sweden.

ABB won the order from Siemens Wind Power in Denmark to deliver more than 33 kilometers of single core AC cable and armored three core AC cable with integrated optical fiber, supplied by ABB’s high voltage cable and accessories production facilities in Sweden.

“The award of submarine cables for Lillgrund again shows that ABB is a leading supplier to the offshore wind power market,” said Samir Brikho, head of ABB's Power Systems division. “Generating wind power offshore is a growth area for ABB, and such projects require highly reliable equipment - such as XLPE cables – to succeed.”

Project scope includes underground and submarine XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) insulated cables, cable laying and cable installation. Swedish Vattenfall’s offshore wind farm Lillgrund is in Öresund, off the south coast of Sweden.

ABB will supply and install six-kilometer-long, 145-kilovolt (kV) underground cable, and 27-kilometer-long 145 kV and 36 kV submarine cables to interconnect 48, 2.3-megawatt wind turbines, and transmit the power generated to the Swedish mainland. The installation will be ready at the end of summer 2007.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 104,000 people.

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    Offshore wind farms require highly reliable technology - such as ABB's power cables

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