Underground cable: Insulation compound for cable

Power transmission cables: Dow’s TR-XLPE insulation compound is widely used at top cable manufacturers across North America who use TR-XLPE in constructing quality medium voltage underground power cables.

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Power distribution: Since the North American (NA) commercial launch of DOW ENDURANCE HFDC-4202 EC in 2012, Dow Electrical & Telecommunications (Dow E&T) is proud to announce that this insulation compound is now widely used at top cable manufacturers across North America who use TR-XLPE in constructing quality medium voltage (MV) underground power cables. The commercial launch was preceded by comprehensive laboratory and pilot plant testing by Dow in addition to full Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA) qualification tests. Results verified that DOW ENDURANCE HFDC-4202 EC insulation provides superior performance compared to previously available insulation systems. Cables insulated with DOW ENDURANCE HFDC-4202 EC exceed the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC), ICEA, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Normas Mexicanas (NMX) requirements for cables rated up to 46 kV. The product also recently qualified for use in Europe according to CENELEC/VDE requirements.

“System reliability and longevity is crucial to electrical infrastructure owners and users,” said Damien Polansky, Global Associate Marketing Director, Dow E&T. “Our next-generation insulation is a good example of Dow E&T’s ongoing commitment to innovation and to the industry by producing compounds that cable manufacturers and their customers can count on for decades of service.”

DOW ENDURANCE HFDC-4202 EC insulation for MV underground cables offers:
• Enhanced electrical performance (projected longer cable life according to Accelerated Cable Life Tests [ACLT] and Accelerated Water Tree Tests [AWTT])
• Lower and consistent insulation shield strip force for ease of installation
• Improved heat resistance ­ meets 105oC rating
• Robust cable manufacturing
• Lower total costs over the lifetime of the system

About Dow Electrical & Telecommunications
Dow Electrical & Telecommunications, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”), is a leading global provider of products, technology, solutions and knowledge that sets standards for reliability, longevity, efficiency, ease of installation and protection that the power and telecommunications industries can count on in the transmission, distribution and consumption of power, voice and data. Understanding that collaboration is essential to success, Dow E&T works together with cable makers, other industry suppliers, utilities, municipalities, testing institutes and other organizations around the world to help develop solutions and create mutual value that will sustain these industries for years to come.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

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