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General Cable Europe Design Success

by Julie Clark on August 7, 2015

General Cable recently achieved success in Europe upon providing the new submarine cable connecting the mainland to Belle-Île, the largest of the Îles du Ponant, located 15 km offshore from Quiberon.

This cable supplies not only electricity to the island's 5,400 inhabitants, but also high speed broadband carried on a 48 strand fiber optic cable. 

This major project, carried out by ERDF, is a first in France. The 15 km submarine cable connecting Quiberon to Belle-Île has been designed and constructed in one piece, with no joints. 

This industrial achievement was made possible through the use of the insulation and sheathing production lines at the Silec Cable plant at Montereau. These are used for high voltage and extra high voltage cables and offer the possibility of manufacturing unipolar jointless cables 15 km long. This technical challenge enables General Cable to supply a cable of the highest reliability, thus extending its service life.

Manufacturing this cable was a real team effort involving the skills of two General Cable Europe sites. The conductors were manufactured at Montereau in France before being transported by river to the Nordenham industrial site to the north of Bremen in Germany, which took responsibility for assembling the unipolar cables and applying their protective armouring. 

The cable has two layers of metal armour, designed to provide a service life of at least forty years. 

This hybrid cable, custom-designed to work within specific technical and environmental constraints, is a real technological feat. Producing a jointless 15 km submarine cable required exceptional efforts from the General Cable teams in France and Germany to ensure that this ambitious project was a success. Congrats to the teams in France and Germany making this a successful endeavor. 

General Cable has shown itself well able to match this ambitious challenge, thus establishing it as a benchmark in the submarine cable market. Partner with Accu-Tech and General Cable to achieve success in your next big projects. Contact us today to learn more. 


About General Cable

General Cable has been a wire and cable innovator for over 170 years, always dedicated to connecting and powering people’s lives.  With more than 13,000 employees 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 38 manufacturing facilities in our core operating regions 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, sales and customer service. This combination enables us to better serve our customers 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.

Visit our Website at www.generalcable.com


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