50Hertz Offshore GmbH, a subsidiary of the German-based transmission network operator 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, has ordered a turnkey solution including 120 km of submarine transmission cables and three single cores measuring 12 km each of underground terrestrial transmission cables. General Cable Corp. will provide the cable as well as associated accessories for the offshore wind farm Baltic 2. The award has an overall order value of Euro 195 million, or $270 million at current exchange rates, with installation beginning in 2012.

The Baltic 2 Wind Farm is located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Rostock, Germany near the island of Rügen. Baltic 2 will feature 80 wind turbines, each rated at 3.6 MW, for a total output of 288 MW. The offshore wind farm is expected to generate 1,200 GWh of electricity per year for approximately 340,000 households and is estimated to save approximately 900,000 tons of CO2.

The solution includes the design, manufacture, supply and installation of two 60-km sections of 150 kV high-voltage export submarine cables as well as 3 single cores measuring 12 kilometers each of terrestrial underground transmission cable. NOSTAG 10, a motorized barge in which the company has an ownership interest, specializes in laying submarine power cables and will be used to install the cables at Baltic 2. Over 90 meters long and 27 meters wide, NOSTAG 10 features the right balance between load capacity, shallow water capabilities and high precision positioning making it well designed craft for this project.

The project will be managed by General Cable’s submarine power cable business based in Nordenham, Germany at the its wholly owned subsidiary NSW and supported by the company’s European and Mediterranean organization.