LS Cable & System reports winning a $12 million U.S. power cable contract
South Korea's LS Cable & System announced that the company had won a project to supply 230 kV level EHV underground cables and connectors worth $12.7 million from U.S.-based Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO).
A press release said that the cables and connectors will be used for implementing a new power transmission and distribution network being built to handle the increased power demand in the southern part of Maryland. It noted that the project will establish an EHV cable network across the Patuxent River for a length of 1.5 km at the riverbed. "Considering that underground EHV cables are generally connected in 500 m units to prevent productivity and management-related problems, this project requires not only the capacity to produce 1.5 km of 230kV level cables without connectors, but also outstanding technological power and expertise in all areas of a cable project implementation ranging from cable transportation and installation to composition of the power network," it said.
"This contract holds great significance in that LS Cable & System won it through competition with leading cable makers from Japan and Europe based on our expertise for successful project implementation and the excellence of our extra high voltage cable products," Overseas Energy Sales & Promotion Division Director Heonsang Lee said.
The release observed that much of the existing power networks in the U.S. were built during the 1960s and 1970s and that demand for new networks is increasing to replace aging power networks as well as to address increased power consumption. It added that underground cables, which do not need installed above-ground poles, are now preferred especially by land owners because of their low impact upon the environment and added safety.