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Nexans signs sponsorship agreement with Electriciens sans Frontières

28 April 2011

Cable manufacturer, Nexans has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Electriciens sans Frontières (ESF), an international solidarity non-governmental organization. Under this agreement, Nexans will supply 50% of ESF’s annual needs for low and medium voltage power cables to the value of 300,000 euro over three years. The cables will be manufactured at Nexans plants in Jeumont and Autun in France.

Frédéric Vincent, president and CEO of Nexans, explained why the Group supports ESF: “As a key enabler of growth and progress, sustainable development is at the core of our business. Nexans is an expert in the energy industry and electric power infrastructure and is committed to contributing its expertise and products to responsible projects, which in turn make a positive contribution to the most disadvantaged communities.”

Nexans’ power cables will enable ESF to carry out a number of development projects in the fields of education and healthcare, school and health centre electrification. They will also be used by ESF during humanitarian emergency operations.
“Most of our installations involve significant investment in cables, especially in projects where power is consumed at long distances from where it is generated. Nexans’ support in the form of its cables is therefore critical to ensure the material, financial and technical feasibility of our projects”, says Hervé Gouyet, President of ESF. “One of our projects utilizing Nexans cables is located in Madagascar.

"It involves equipping a hydropower plant with a capacity of about 700kW and connecting some 800 households who will receive electricity via a 35 km medium voltage line. Nexans cables will also be used to implement a project in Laos, aimed at bringing electricity to some 1,300 households distributed among 24 villages.

"This project includes the connection of 90 mini-hydropower plants with a capacity ranging from 500 W to 1 kW, located at an average distance of 2 km from the respective villages. In total, over 150 km of Nexans cables will be installed in this project in Phongsaly province.”

ESF’s mission is to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged populations by improving access to energy as a development enabler. To this end, the NGO conducts international solidarity projects. It also carries out audit missions on the electric facilities of other international solidarity organizations. ESF is also available at any time for emergencies, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti where the organisation currently leads an urban lighting programme in refugee camps.

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