NKT’s new extrusion tower ready to produce high-voltage power cables

NKT has completed the construction of the second extrusion tower for high-voltage power cables at its factory in Karlskrona, Sweden.

Source: NKT

NKT can now start manufacturing high-voltage power cables in the new tower, designated as NKT Lighthouse, in the fourth quarter of the year.

The 150-meter tall tower is said to play a key part in the process of adding insulation to the high-voltage power cables produced at the Swedish factory.

“The extrusion tower symbolizes our key position in the green transformation and our leading position within XLPE and HVDC technology. It plays a central role in the execution of our large order backlog and prepares us for the positive development, we expect in the high-voltage power cable market,” said Claes Westerlind, executive vice president heading the Swedish part of the high-voltage business at NKT.

“The growing focus on renewable energy and energy independency are key drivers in the increasing demand for power cables and it is a natural step for us to continue to develop our high-voltage power cable capacity, capabilities and technology. We are preparing both for future growth and for the execution of our large order backlog of offshore wind and interconnector projects.”

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In 2020, NKT initiated an investment program in its high-voltage factories said to be driven by a record high order backlog and a positive market outlook. A key part of the program was to add a new extrusion tower to the Karlskrona factory.

The investment program also includes a new high-voltage power cable test center and a new extrusion line at the factory in Cologne, Germany, as well as ongoing investments in new machinery and logistics.

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