Prysmian Group has been awarded a contract worth around €1.2 billion by NeuConnect Britain Limited and NeuConnect Deutschland GmbH for the turn-key design, manufacturing, installation, testing and commissioning of a 725 kilometer submarine interconnector that will directly link the German and UK electricity grids for the first time.
The NeuConnect interconnector is a privately financed project developed by a group of international investors that include Meridiam, Allianz Capital Partners and Kansai Electric Power, and is contingent on the successful tendering of the converter station and financing agreements for the project.
The project shall deliver the cable connection along a route which runs between the UK converter station located on the Isle of Grain in Kent (UK), passing through UK, Dutch and German waters to the landing point in Lower Saxony in Germany to connect with the converter station near Wilhelmshaven.
Prysmian will provide the complete cable system to be operated at ±525kV HVDC utilising mass-impregnated (MI) paper insulated cables, and include fibre optic cables on the land and selected submarine sections, complemented with cable monitoring systems that shall support the monitoring, maintenance and services to be provided during the warranty period.
Offshore installation activities will involve three of the Group’s own cable laying vessels including Leonardo da Vinci, Cable Enterprise, and Ulisse. Commissioning of the project is scheduled in the second half of the decade.