Energy & Utilities - Bekaert Annual Report 2010

Energy & Utilities

Energy & Utilities


  • Sawing wire to cut polysilicon  
  • Wire and cable for oil and gas exploration
  • Wire for the reinforcement of telecom and energy cables
  • Wire for the reinforcement of overhead power lines
  • Flat and profiled wires for the reinforcement of flexible pipes
  • Backsheet film for photovoltaic applications
  • AZO rotatable sputter targets for photovoltaic applications
  • Armofor® steel cord reinforced composite strips for water injection pipes
  • Mooring lines strands and rope wires for oil platforms and drilling ships
  • Steel cord reinforced belts for wind turbines
  • Burners for the environmentally friendly incineration of residual gasses during oil extraction
  • etc.

 Green Application

The energy and utilities sector is experiencing strong growth, accounting for 24% of Bekaert’s sales. Our products are aimed at energy generation and distribution, but also at activities in telecom. Bekaert is supporting the sector with the reinforcement of cables and overhead power lines. In addition, we deliver crucial components for oil and gas drilling, mining and solar power generation like sawing wire used to cut polysilicon. These products give our customers access to innovative technologies and solutions that allow them to extract, convey, produce, and distribute energy and other resources in an efficient and safe way.

Bekaert is present in various steps of the energy supply chain. Our strands for overhead power lines are used in transmission towers, while our sawing wire is used to cut polysilicon for the production of solar cells.

2010 marked another strong year for the energy sector, in both mature and emerging markets. The shift from fossil fuels towards renewable resources experienced a boost due to the various stimulus plans, incentive programs and huge investments in sustainable energy supplies. In addition, the ever-rising need for energy, especially in the emerging countries, has called for sustainable solutions.

Europe has also emerged as the leader in harnessing solar and wind energy. Bekaert has made great strides in the development of a wide variety of innovative products that support the drive towards renewable energy. Prime examples are our sawing wire, which allows manufacturers in the photovoltaic industry to cut polysilicon ingots into wafers for the production of solar cells with a minimum loss of material and our steel cord reinforced belts that are used in wind turbines.

Further growth is equally expected from the traditional energy markets as electricity consumption is rising and distribution networks need to be revamped and expanded. High-voltage lines are being upgraded with new conductors to cope with higher transmission demands over longer distances. Producers of transmission and distribution power cable are therefore increasingly calling upon Bekaert for wires and coatings that ensure greater strength and higher temperature resistance to reinforce and protect the conductor’s steel core.

Meanwhile, oil and gas remain the biggest resources for energy generation. As the circumstances for oil recovery become more and more challenging, they require constantly improved methods and materials. Energy companies are increasing their oil and gas exploration and recovery efforts. On every continent and every sea they aim to get maximum results in oil and gas drilling, making them truly global players. Because of Bekaert’s worldwide presence, we are well positioned to supply these companies and their contractors with high-quality solutions like steel cord reinforced composite strips, flat and profiled wires to reinforce offshore pipes, and wires and cables for on- and offshore oil and gas exploration.

Oil resources are becoming scarce, so there is an increasing need to extract oil from deeper wells that are sometimes harder to reach. Bekaert supports companies in this technologically challenging environment with its extensive knowledge of mechanical strengths, coatings, specific wire forms, and applications.

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