Italian energy and telecom cable systems company Prysmian Group has secured three projects, together worth more than €220m, to provide cable connections for offshore wind farms in France.
The company has secured two contracts, worth more than €200m, from Eolien Maritime France to design, supply and install inter-array cables for the Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-Mer offshore wind farms, owned by EMF and wpd offshore, located off the North France coast.
Work under these two contracts is expected to begin in early autumn.
Eolien Maritime France is a joint venture between EDF Energies Nouvelles of France and Enbridge of Canada.
The third contract is for the Saint Nazaire wind farm, also owned by Eolien Maritime France, and it is being awarded to a consortium comprising Prysmian and Louis Dreyfus Travocean. Prysmian’s share in this contract will be more than €20m.
Prysmian will provide nearly 345km of 33kV three-core submarine cable systems with XLPE insulation for the three wind farms.
The Fécamp work will involve connecting 83 wind turbine generators (WTGs) with a overall capacity of 498MW, while the Courseulles-sur-Mer will connect 75 WTGs with a total capacity of 450MW.
Prysmian will provide cable, accessories and terminating services for the 80 WTGs for the 480MW Saint Nazaire wind farm.
The three projects will result in the construction of France’s first large-scale offshore wind farms.
Prysmian will depend on the available facilities of General Cable’s subsidiary NSW. Cable cores, which will be manufactured at the group’s centre of excellence in Montreux, France, will be later assembled and finished in Nordenham, Germany.
Prysmian, the turnkey solution provider for Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-Mer, will supply and install inter-array cables between the WTGs.
The cables are expected to be delivered and commissioned during 2020-22.
The group has won offshore wind projects worth over €650m in 2017-18.
Prysmian Group executive vice president of Projects Business Unit Hakan Ozmen said: “These new important awards confirm that we have all the capabilities to achieve our ambitious growth targets in the offshore wind farm market.
“Our investments have strengthened both our production capacity and installation capabilities and the market is showing its confidence in us.”
Image: An offshore wind farm. Photo: courtesy of Prysmian Group.