The energy and telecom cable system industry world leader, Prysmian Group, signed two contracts to build offshore wind farms in Germany (Merkur OWF) and Denmark (Horns Rev 3 OWF).
Both projects are for the development of inter-array cable systems to link among the turbines composing the offshore wind farms.
For the Merkur offshore wind farm, Prysmian – awarded by Tideway B.V. – will be responsible for the design, engineering, manufacturing, testing and supply of approximately 90 km of 33 kV submarine inter-array cables and related accessories. The facility will be located in the German North Sea and will occupy an area of 47 square km and will generate a nominal active power output of approximately 400 MW.
The Horns Rev 3 project is located in the North Sea, approximately 25 km off the coast of Denmark and consists of 49 wind turbines with a total capacity of 406.7 MW, equivalent to the annual consumption of 425,000 Danish households.
“These two new important awards confirm the market recognition of the significant investments made in our production capabilities for the specific inter-array market segment as well as in our improved project management skills aimed at offering global project solutions to our customers,” stated Alessandro Panico, Sales Team Manager – Offshore Wind, Prysmian Group.
Prysmian has recently introduced its new EPR insulated 66 kV inter-array cables – the first ready to go to market at this voltage level – that enable up to 15% cost reductions for offshore wind farms.