Prysmian bags €270m contract for subsea interconnection projects in Greece

WCN Editorial Team 27 May 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Ariadne Interconnection, a company fully owned by the transmission system operator for Greece’s power grid (IPTO), has awarded a €270m contract to Prysmian Group to supply two submarine interconnections between the island of Crete and mainland Greece (Attica region).

The contract includes two lots – Lot 1 and Lot 2 worth €250m and €20m, respectively.

Under the first lot, Prysmian will be responsible for designing, supply, installation, and commissioning, including civil works, of a high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system that can transmit 1,000MW of power.

The cable system comprises 500kV Mass Impregnated insulation and double wire armouring, along a route of 335km between Crete Island and Attica region.

Under the second lot, Prysmian will be responsible for the design, supply, the installation and commissioning of two submarine telecommunication links with a total length of 670km between Crete island and Attica region.

Prysmian plans to use own vessels to install submarine cables. The two projects are scheduled for commissioning in the period 2020-23.

Prysmian Group projects business unit executive vice-president Hakan Ozmen said: “The Crete-Attica interconnection is the largest ongoing energy infrastructure project in Greece, and it represents a milestone for the national power grids reaching a depth of more than 1,200m.

“This award consfirms not only the Group’s role and commitment as a key player in submarine connections in Europe, and in particular in the Mediterranean area, but also the successful and continued relationship with IPTO who has awarded Prysmian also two interconnections between the Cyclades islands of Evia, Andros and Tinos, and the Crete-Peloponnese interconnection.”

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Prysmian will use its own vessels to install submarine cables. (Credit: Prysmian Group)

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