Centaur cable saddles designed and manufactured by the world’s leading cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis have been installed to secure two separate high voltage (HV) cables in a power tunnel in the West Flemish region of Belgium.
The Stevin project, which when complete will feed the Belgian interior with wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy, is being undertaken by Belgium’s electricity transmission system operator, Elia. The renewably sourced power is carried through the tunnel by Nexans and Silec 380KV / 3,000 megawatt cables.
Ellis’ Centaur saddles are heavy-duty, extruded aluminium saddle cleats that restrain high voltage cables up to 400kV. They have been used extensively in power tunnel projects, including the London Power Tunnels, the Woodhead Tunnel in the Peak District National Park and the Venda Nova III Cable Tunnel in Portugal.
Tony Conroy, Ellis’ global sales director, said: “Stevin is a huge project for Belgian power generation, and having our products specified for it bears testament to both the work being carried out by our local distributor, NBR Nussbaumer; and the reputation we’ve earned over the years as the experts when it comes to cable cleats and the protection of cables in short-circuit scenarios.”
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