Prysmian has received a Notice to Proceed for a €200 million (£171 million) contract to supply a submarine power cable system for the 800MW Vineyard Wind 1 wind farm off the US coast, the company has confirmed.
Under the contract, awarded by the joint venture between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and by Avangrid Renewables (part of the Iberdrola Group) in 2019, the Italian company will develop a submarine power cable system project which will deliver clean energy to the mainland power grid.
Prysmian is responsible for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of an HVAC (High Voltage Alternating Current) cable system composed of two 220 kV three-core cables utilising extruded XLPE insulation.
The project, off Massachusetts, requires a total of 134 km of power cables. The submarine cables will be produced in Prysmian Group’s centres of excellence for the production of submarine cables in Pikkala, Finland, and Arco Felice, Italy.
Installation operations will be performed by cable laying vessels Cable Enterprise and Ulisse. Delivery and commissioning of the project are scheduled for the final quarter of 2023.
Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects and chairman and managing director of Prysmian Powerlink S.r.l, said: "The resumption of the vineyard project confirms the acceleration of the United States towards the energy transition.
“Prysmian aims at playing a key role in the development and upgrade of power grid infrastructures to support the transition to renewable energy sources in the US. We have state-of-the-art cable technology, large production and installation assets, as well as a wide presence and track record in the US."
Vineyard Wind 1 will consist of an array of 62 wind turbines and will generate 800 megawatts of electricity annually and power over 400,000 homes.