France-based Nexans has won a full turnkey contract worth more than €100m from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) for a submarine link of the Mindanao Visayas Interconnection Project (MVIP) with the national grid.
The company will manufacture, deliver and install 350kV HVDC mass-impregnated (MI) submarine cable for the project.
The NGCP has taken up the interconnection project to unify and reinforce the national grid to meet the country’s growing energy needs.
According to the 2017 Power Statistics report of the Philippines Department of Energy, power consumption in the Philippines increased by almost 80% in the last 15 years to achieve more than 94,370GWh in 2017.
The MVIP is intended to connect the three power grids of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao into one unified national grid.
After the completion of the MVIP in 2020, NGCP aims to ensure a more stable and secure supply of power in the country and maximise the use of available local energy resources.
Nexans will make use of its global manufacturing footprint to optimise the delivery of the submarine cabling system for the MVIP.
The 350kV submarine MI cable will be manufactured in Nexans’ Nippon High Voltage Cable Corporation plant in Futtsu, Japan, as well as in Nexans Norway plant in Halden.
Nexans’ specialised cable-laying vessel, C/S Nexans Skagerrak, will perform the cable installation and protection works at water depths up to 650m.
Vincent Dessale, senior executive vice president Nexans Subsea and Land Systems Business Group said: “Nexans is delighted to once again be trusted by NGCP, building on a number of projects the Group has successfully completed in the region.
“Leveraging on Nexans’ cutting-edge submarine cabling technology and our teams’ deep water installation know-how, we look forward to contributing to the construction of a single national grid, which will provide a more reliable electricity transmission to the Philippine people.”
Image: Nexans wins €100m Philippines contract for HVDC deepwater cabling systems. Photo: Courtesy of NEXANS.