Jan De Nul to install cables for Abu Dhabi electrification project

Jan. 3, 2022
The company will design, install, bury, and protect almost 1,000 km of HVDC cables.

Offshore staff

LUXEMBOURG – The Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), Electricité de France (EDF), and Kyushu Electric Power Japan joint venture has awarded a HVDC cable installation and convertors package for the ADNOC-TAQA Lightning Project to the Jan De Nul Group and Samsung C&T consortium.

Jan De Nul will design, install, bury, and protect two cable clusters of almost 1,000 km (621 mi) in total. They will connect the Al Ghallan and Das islands in the Arabian Gulf to the onshore converter stations at Al Mirfa and Shuweihat in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The two cable links are part of the larger subsea transmission system (Lightning Project) for Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) and the Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA), and will connect Abu Dhabi’s onshore electricity grid to all of ADNOC’s offshore production facilities.

The consortium’s contract is valued at $3 billion. Jan De Nul’s scope is valued at $725 million.

The first cable cluster, connecting Das Island to shore, comprises three 400 kV subsea cables of 135 km (84 mi) each. The second cluster, connecting Al Ghallan Island to shore, comprises four 320 kV submarine cables of 125 km (78 mi) each. The commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2025.

Wim Dhont, Manager Offshore Cables, Jan De Nul, said this is the company’s largest ever cable installation contract.