Prysmian wins €500m underground power cable contract in Germany

WCN Editorial Team 12 May 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Italian cable-maker Prysmian has been selected by German grid operator Amprion for the development of the A-Nord underground cable connection, part of the 2GW German Corridor ‘A’ electricity transmission project.

Under the contract worth €500m, Prysmian will design, manufacture, supply, lay, joint, test and commission the 1GW underground cable connection project, along the entire Northern route of this German Corridor.

For the project, Prysmian will supply its ±525 kV high voltage direct current (DC) cable system which consists of copper cables, insulated with their own proprietary P-Laser technology and complete with a separate insulated metallic return cable.

The Italian company also provide all the related accessories and integrated PRY-CAM monitoring system, along with the design and installation works through a local project engineering and management team.

The length of the route is about 300km, running from Emden in Lower Saxony to Osterath in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Construction of the power cable connection project is expected to begin before 2023.

Prysmian Group CEO Valerio Battista said: “This award, almost coinciding with the recent SuedOstLink project award, also in Germany, recognises yet again our commitment in the development and upgrading of power grids to support the energy transition.

“It is a source of great satisfaction to see that our undeniable know-how, project execution and innovation capabilities are gaining fully acknowledgement.”

According to Prysmian, its P-Laser is claimed to be a fully recyclable, eco-friendly high-performance cable technol1ogy based on High-Performance Thermoplastic Elastomer (HPTE).

The technology works best on higher voltage levels and can deliver enhanced thermal performance, is highly reliable and has higher environmental credentials compared to more conventional technologies.

Prysmian Group Projects BU executive vice president Hakan Ozmen said: “We are delighted to be working with Amprion on this project: the A-Nord project will be one of the main arteries of the German transmission grid, connecting the key generation sites in Northern regions, characterised by many onshore and offshore wind energy sources, to southern regions, especially in West Germany, where more conventional power plant capacities are located.”

In 2016, Germany enabled and prioritised the use of underground DC cables in the nation’s transmission grid.

The move helped in prioritising the use of underground DC cabling across four DC connections located across the country, out of which two are handled by Amprion including the A-Nord project and the ALEGrO project.

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Prysmian to supply and build A-Nord underground DC cabling project in Germany. (Credit: Prysmian S.p.A.)

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