/images/PowerCableUpdate.jpg/images/southwire_100x70.jpgRemote Installations Need Rugged Cable - November/December 2002RemoteInstallationsNeedRuggedCableNovandDec2002.htmWhen you're installing medium-voltage conductors in a remote South American location, the cable needs to be tough. Installation stresses are demanding and long-term reliability is an absolute must.
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Remote Installations Need Rugged Cable - November/December 2002

When you're installing medium-voltage conductors in a remote South American location, the cable needs to be tough. Installation stresses are demanding and long-term reliability is an absolute must. On top of that, complex logistics demand reliable delivery. It's a long way to the nearest warehouse for replacement cable.

That's why a major oil company with an oilfield development project in South America chose Southwire's ARMOR-X continuous-welded armored cable for their critical MV power.

ARMOR-X meets tough demands

"We specified continuous-welded aluminum armor to meet the application demands," says Kent Marshall of Universal Ensco, Incorporated, the firm responsible for intermediate project engineering. "Southwire's ARMOR-X met every requirement. Project logistics called for fast delivery, and Southwire came through - ahead of schedule."

Southwire supplied over 65,000 feet of 15kV, three-conductor ARMOR-X in sizes from 350 to 750 kcmil. The order specified 30,000 feet of 750 kcmil, 23,000 feet of 500 kcmil, and 14,000 feet of 350 kcmil conductors. Construction featured EPR insulation with helical copper-tape shielding.

Delivery beat a tight schedule

To meet the complicated logistical demands of the project, the cable had to leave the port of Houston just eight weeks from the order date. Southwire manufacturing people rolled up their sleeves and committed to that aggressive schedule. "We had the full order sitting on the dock in Houston in seven weeks." says Brian Sides, Southwire's southeast regional industrial sales manager. "We're proud of that accomplishment."

Transportation was not only complex, it was rigorous. Reels of cable were shipped to a South American seaport, trucked across the Andes, barged down a river, then trucked to the job site.

"We were concerned that with the weight of the cable, standard reels might not hold up to the rigors of the trip," says Sides. "We shipped the cable on reinforced reels to make sure it arrived at the job site safely."

Sides concludes, "Southwire manufacturing expertise let us exceed some high delivery expectations. That's the kind of service we like to give."