After spending many years as one of Europe’s leading oil and gas exporters, and being home to approximately half of the continent’s hydroelectric water storage reservoirs, Norway’s energy sector is poised for an exciting new era.

The country is set to more than double its wind energy generation capacity in one move with the construction of the new 1 GW Fosen Vind project.

Linka AS, the electro-technical contractor for the project, has chosen Nexans to supply cables for Roan Wind Farm.

This is the first of six windfarms in Fosen Vind DA’s development in Central Norway that will be Europe’s largest onshore wind power project.

The Roan Wind Farm is made up of 71 turbines and will have a capacity of 255MW. Fosen Vind DA has awarded the construction contract to Johs. J. Syltern AS, whose tasks will include trenching and cable laying.

Nexans will supply 200km of TSLF 36kV underground tables to interlink the turbines and transmit the power to the grid.

Delivery will start in April 2017 and run until March 2018, shortly before the completion of the windfarm.

Linka AS CEO Knut Arne Aasan said: "We have enjoyed many years of fruitful cooperation with Nexans on other projects, both large and small, and they have been dependable in all project phases, from tendering and sales processes, logistics planning, right through to the safe transport of cable onto site."

Nexans Norway head of sales and marketing Bård Lillehaug added: "The renewable energy market is an important target area for Nexans.

"We have supplied cables for the majority of onshore wind farms in Norway and a considerable share of offshore wind farms internationally.

"The choice of our cables by Linka AS is a very welcome recognition for us."

The total project of six wind farms will comprise of 278 turbines and have an output of 1,000MW, enough energy for 170,000 Norwegian households. It will be completed in 2020.

Norway’s state-owned renewable energy producer Statkraft will hold a controlling 52.1% share of Fosen Vind DA.

The other two owners of Fosen Vind DA are the power company TrønderEnergi and the European investment consortium Nordic Wind Power DA.