Prysmian to upgrade power transmission grid in Washington


The Prysmian Group, an Italian company that manufactures power transmission and telecommunications cables and systems, has been selected to upgrade the power transmission system in Washington, DC.

The multi-phased project in the US Capital area is expected to be worth $190mand is scheduled to run between 2019 and 2026, with a $13magreement in place for the first phase to be taken up by 2019.

The project is expected to improve system reliability and reduce the risk of storm-related outages, expanding the network capacity to support the use of solar-powered energy and other solutions, as well as the residential and commercial growth in the region.

Prysmian Group CEO of North America Massimo Battaini said: “As a global advocate for smart underground infrastructure, Prysmian Group is proud to enter this forward-thinking system upgrade project.

“We look forward to providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to customers and communities in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and continuing our commitment to build a more connected future.”

Prysmian will be responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of high-voltage underground cable systems comprising more than 100km of XLPE-insulated 230kV cables and over 200km of XLPE-insulated 69kV cables, as well as accessories and network components.

The project includes an integrated monitoring system based on Prysmian’s proprietary PRY-CAM Condition Assessment and Asset Management technology to monitor key parameters of the electrical system, includingacoustic vibration, partial discharge and temperature, to ensure effective and preventive management.

The company will also be responsible for maintenance services and systems, including sheath testing operations, manhole inspections and voltage testing activities.

Cables will be manufactured at Prysmian’s factory in Abbeville, South Carolina, and will be installed over an eight-year period between 2019 and 2026.

Prysmian vice president of high voltage BU Borjan Sehovac said: “By leveraging on the newly-combined geographical presence of Prysmian and General Cable, we are seeing promising results in the High Voltage Underground business.

“Recently, the Group has also been awarded important projects in Asia Pacific and South America, thus consolidating its market leadership.”


Image: Prysmian to upgrade power transmission grid in Washington. Photo: Courtesy of Prysmian Group.

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