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Nexans holds naming ceremony for CLV Aurora

Nexans and Ulstein Verft have held the naming ceremony for the newbuild DP3 cable laying vessel (CLV) Nexans Aurora.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the project progress has been steady and the vessel was delivered on time on 31 May, three years after the signing of the shipbuilding contract, Ulstein said.

“The delivery of the CLV Nexans Aurora is an important step to fulfill our purpose Electrify the Future, creating a safer, more sustainable, renewable and inclusive global energy system,” said Ragnhild Katteland, executive vice president of Subsea & Land Systems Business Group at Nexans.

“The CLV Nexans Aurora will contribute to unlocking the huge potential of offshore renewable energy for our customers worldwide. We are impressed by the effort done by the Ulstein Group, MAATS Tech Ltd and Skipsteknisk to deliver the “CLV Nexans Aurora” on time despite the uncertainties and difficulties created by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Ulstein began the construction of Nexans Aurora in February 2019.

The 150-meter long vessel completed its sea trials at the beginning of May, after which outfitting, some paint jobs and tests on the A-frame and some of the winches were carried out.

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Its first assignment will be the installation of the export cables at the 1,075 MW Seagreen offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Nexans Aurora will also work on the Crete-Attica interconnector in Greece and the Empire offshore wind project in the U.S.