Italian power giant Prysmian has been awarded a contract worth over €150m for two 225kV submarine cable systems and land export power cable systems connecting to the French power grid.
The contract from Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE) is for cables to connect the offshore wind farm located in between the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier to the French mainland power grid.
The 500MW offshore wind farm is being developed by Les Eoliennes en Mer d’Ile d’Yeu et Noirmoutier, and RTE will design, build, maintain and operate the two 225 kV links with a submarine cable route of around 27 km and an underground cable route of around 30 km.
Prysmian will provide turn-key design, supply, installation, and commissioning of the two HVAC 225 kV three-core extruded export submarine cables with single-wire armouring. Prysmian will be also responsible for the supply and jointing of two HVAC 225 kV extruded land cables circuits that will link the landfall area to the substation at Soullans.
The submarine cables will be produced in Pikkala, Finland and Arco Felice, Italy, while land cables will be manufactured in Gron, France. Installation operations will be performed by the Cable Enterprise, one of the three Group’s state-of-the-art cable laying vessels. Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2023 on the basis that the project gets the go-ahead after preliminary studies later this month and a final agreement in June.
“We are proud to be contributing to the development of infrastructures of such great strategic importance,” said Hakan Ozmen, EVP, Projects Business Unit at Prysmian. “This contract not only consolidates our relationship with RTE, but also confirms Prysmian’s worldwide leadership in addressing the increasing need for upgraded power grids to support the energy transition.”
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Prysmian is already working with RTE on Fécamp, Courseulles-sur-Mer and St. Nazaire French offshore wind farms and the Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind farm (awarded by EDF Renewables), in addition to the IFA2 interconnection linking the UK and France, the Piedmont-Savoy interconnection between Italy and France, and the INELFE interconnection linking Spain (Santa Llogaia) and France (Baixas).