General Cable is one of the leading companies in the cable manufacturing industry worldwide. General Cable was chosen by Siemens to be the supplier of needed cable for the extension of REN’s Substation in Vermoim (northern Portugal), one of the oldest and most critical points of the entire power distribution system of the national grid. In addition to the bare Copper cables for ground network, insulated Low Voltage and Medium Voltage cables, General Cable also supplied the High Voltage Copper cable 60 kV with cross section 1600 mm2.
The 60 kV cable is one of the largest cables with Copper conductor installed in Portugal. The cable was supplied in reels of 2.800mm diameter with a total weight of around 8.800 kg. This High Voltage cable supplied by General Cable was installed to connect both outdoor park equipment of 400kV and 60kV, through the new 400/60 kV transformers installed in the substation.
This project began in 2011 and is projected to be completed in October 2016. With this project, the REN substation aims to strengthen the transport capacity, quality and security of supply consumption in the region.
The proper function of this substation is crucial to the safe and reliable operation of the entire national network. Therefore, when REN decided to extend this substation, introducing the 400 kV level with GIS technology (Gas-insulated Switchgear), remodeling the current posts 220kV and 60kV, as well the protection systems, command and control (SPCC’s), they chosen Siemens, longtime partner and major customer of General Cable, which provided the necessary cables to this expansion.
General Cable, a worldwide High Voltage leader
General Cable’s SILEC® Brand consists of underground transmission cabling solutions for HV/ EHV. This line has been a pioneer in the development and production of cable systems insulated with extruded dielectric for nearly fifty years.
From engineering systems and installation to final tests and post-project services, General Cable is specialized in providing turnkey projects management for new cable projects or upgrading existing cable circuits.
General Cable's decades of experience in underground solid-dielectric cable systems provide you with many benefits, including:
- Comprehensive line of high-and extra-high-voltage cable and accessories
- Total turnkey project management from planning through installation, testing and commissioning
- Optimized economics to keep projects on time and on budget
- Extremely reliable, low-maintenance and long-term performance
- Complete post-project maintenance services and responsive ongoing support
In Europe, General Cable’s production centers cover all the high-voltage markets, from underground transmission cable systems (up to 500 kV in Montereau, France and Manlleu, Spain), to bare conductors for overhead lines in Vitoria (Spain) and submarine power systems in Nordenham (Germany).
About General Cable
General Cable has been a wire and cable innovator for over 165 years, always dedicated to connecting and powering people’s lives. Today, with more than 14,000 associates and $6 billion in revenues, we are one of the largest wire and cable manufacturers in the world.
Our company serves customers through a global network of 57 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries and has worldwide sales representation and distribution. We are dedicated to the production of high-quality aluminum, copper and fiber optic wire and cable and systems solutions for the energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications sectors. With a vast portfolio of products to meet thousands of diverse application requirements, we continue to invest in research and development in order to maintain and extend our technology leadership by developing new materials, designing new products, and creating new solutions to meet tomorrow’s market challenges.
In addition to our strong brand recognition and strengths in technology and manufacturing, General Cable is also competitive in such areas as distribution and logistics, marketing, sales and customer service. This combination enables us to better serve our customers globally and as they expand into new geographic markets.
General Cable offers our customers all the strengths and value of a large company, but our people give us the agility and responsiveness of a small one. We service you globally or locally.