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The BSRM Group reports that it is establishing a wire manufacturing operation—called BSRM Wires—in Bangledesh that will focus on making wire products that are currently imported.

Per a story at www.thedailystar.net, the company plans to spend approximately $54 million to build a plant in Chattogram. It cited a "booming" steel industry that is supported by "mega projects that the government has set in motion," and that BSRM Wires hopes to "capitalise on the impending construction boom in Bangladesh."

In the story, BSRM Group Chairman Alihussain Akberali said that the plant will make four types of wire that are currently imported. He observed that while prices for raw materials of wire are very low in the international market but the prices of the finished goods end up being high for Bangladesh due to imports. "Local manufacturing will reduce their prices," he said.

A project proposal cited a combination of galvanized wire, LRPC wire, welding electrode and carbon wire. The plant will have the capacity to annually manufacture 77,000 metric tons of wires when it opens in 2020. The plant will create some 400 jobs, bringing the BSRM’s total employment to 4,700.

The main product focus of BSRM is rebar, but it also has a plant at Nasirabad in Chattogram that manufactures wire rod. That plant, described as "the first and only company to manufacture high-strength reinforcement wires in Bangladesh," has annual capacity of 24,000 metric tons of wire rod.

The new project has seen strong support from the banking sector, led by Dhaka Bank and six other banks —Bank Asia, City, NCC, Modhumoti and Mercantile—and one financial institution, the Saudi-Bangladesh Industrial and Agricultural Investment Company. The banks have invested in the project as it would have a direct impact on the economy, said Syed Mahbubur Rahman, managing director of Dhaka Bank. "The project has good prospects," he said.

The Prysmian Group announced that it has been awarded a power cable contract worth €17 million from utility company New Brunswick Power Corporation (NB Power) for a project in the Canadian Province of New Brunswick.

A press release said that the Fundy Isles Project will see a new power cable link connect Deer Island, Campobello Island and Grand Manan Island to the mainland power grid in the Canadian province. Set for completion this October, it will upgrade the capacity of the existing submarine transmission system in the Passamaquoddy Region of the Bay of Fundy.

Prysmian will design and install a total of 20 km of 300 mm² 69 kV three-core submarine cable with XLPE insulation. The submarine core cables—one about 16.5 km long and a second about 3.5 km— will be made at Prysmian’s plant in Montereau, France, while the cable armoring will be manufactured at its factory in Nordenham, Germany. That plant became part of the Prysmian Group after the merger with General Cable.

“This project is particularly challenging for Prysmian as the section where the installation activities will be performed presents the highest tides in the world, with very strong currents,” Raul Gil, Prysmian Group Submarine Business Director said. “Moreover, the submarine route crosses an extensive fishing area and this limits the time window that can be used for installation operations.”

NB Power is the largest electric utility in the Atlantic Canada.

Germany’s Leoni, best known for automotive cables, reports that it was won a contract from Volkswagen to equip 1,300 robots with its LSH 3 dresspack solution for production of electric vehicles.

A press release said that Leoni has already fitted a hundred of the robots at the VW Group’s production site in Zwickau. The LSH 3 provides the power for various bonding methods such as welding, handling, laser bonding, clinching and also adhesive bonding. The project also involves the installation of floor cable harnesses, i.e. installing the cabling for the robots or from the stationary tool to the robot control unit. Leoni notes that it has taken a holistic system approach, supporting customers with preventive maintenance, repairs and the adaptation of existing energy supply systems.

In the course of the next two years, several Volkswagen models are to be produced in Zwickau based on the new MEB platform, the release said. The Zwickau site will be dedicated solely to electromobility as of the end of 2020.

The robotics field has very high requirements to ensure mechanical, chemical and thermal product properties as there are challenges posed by powerful acceleration, compression and torsion, for example, as well as millions of flexing cycles. Further, resilience is a must for high temperatures, welding beads, oil and various chemicals.

Leoni’s LSH 3, which is highly reliable, compact and flexible in use, reduces the likelihood of a collision with interference contours. This advantage, combined with extremely resilient materials and tried-and-tested components, provides great freedom while at the same time allowing the dresspack to be ducted closely to the robot arm.

UAE’s Ducab recently announced at a trade show that it had won three major contracts in Abu Dhabi that collectively call for more than 5,000 km of EHV, HV, MV and LV cables and AAAC overhead conductors.

Per multiple media reports, the announcement made during the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2018 said that the contracts were for 220 kV EHV cables, 132 kV HV cables as well as a range of MV, LV power and control cable systems. The cables will be used for a clean fuel and waste-heat recovery project that will also see Ducab supply a complete range of cables for the Bab Integrated Facility Project, as well as cables and aluminum overhead conductors from its newly opened DAC factory for ADNOC’s onshore Qusahwira Field Development Phase II Project.

“We are delighted to be the chosen supplier of power cable requirements for these projects as we have invested in developing this full range of cable solutions for the Oil and Gas sector,” said Ducab Chairman Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri. “We believe that the OGP sector will be a key driver for this transformation.”

Owned equally by Abu Dhabi’s General Holding Corporation and Investment Corporation, Ducab makes advanced products to meet the unique requirements of the OGP sector, both onshore and offshore, while upholding the highest international quality standards

NKT has signed a Pre-Construction Agreement (PCA) for delivery and installation of an export cable system for a prospective U.K. offshore wind farm project that is called Inch Cape.

A press release said that the project is being developed by Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm Ltd., a subsidiary of Red Rock Power Ltd. The PCA, which is for a consortium that includes Boskalis Subsea Cables & Flexibles, would be the exclusive supplier and installer for the export cable system.

The project would require approximately 170 km of 220 kV AC offshore export cables to be made at one of NKT’s two high-voltage power cable plants, and installed by Boskalis. The project was projected to potentially be worth from 80 million to 120 million euros. The wind farm site would be situated in the North Sea, about 15 miles off the east coast of Scotland. Construction is planned to start in 2020, with cable installation in 2022.

Per the project developers, a network of low-voltage cables will connect the wind turbines to offshore substation platforms. Up to two of these platforms will collect the electricity generated by the wind turbines for export to the national grid via cables that come ashore at Cockenzie, in East Lothian, where a short section of underground cables will take the power to an onshore substation for conversion to national grid voltage. A further run of cables will lead to the grid connection point at the existing Cockenzie power station substation.

“Being the exclusive supplier of the export cable systems for the prospective Inch Cape offshore wind, confirms our forefront market position in the offshore wind segment,” said NKT Interim CEO Roland Andersen. The Inch Cape offshore wind farm is to be situated in the North Sea, off the east coast of Scotland.

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