IE Madeira awards Nexans Brazilian HVDC link contract

Cable company Nexans has been awarded a €20m (£17.4m) contract by the IE Madeira consortium to deliver the overhead lines for the world’s longest power transmission link, Brazil’s Madeira River Power Interconnection.

This new high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link, the first of two, will transmit 3,150MW of power produced by the Rondônia hydroelectric plant in northwest Brazil to São Paulo, Brazil’s main economic centre, over a distance of 2,375km.

HVDC transmission at 600kV is being used to minimise transmission losses over the long distance and the link will eventually comprise two parallel overhead lines.

Nexans has been selected to provide the conductors for the first circuit by IE Madeira, a consortium comprising the utilities Furnas, Chesf and CTEEP.