MILAN – Samsung C&T has issued a limited notice to proceed (LNTP) to Prysmian Group to supply power cables for the HVDC submarine cable project in the Middle East.
The LNTP was awarded by Samsung C&T as part of its EPC consortium with Jan De Nul Group. It is worth about €220 million ($251 million).
The new link, part of the strategic HVDC transmission system for the ADNOC-TAQA Lightning Project, will allow bulk-power energy transmission between the converter station in Al Mirfa, Abu Dhabi, and that on the Al Ghallan offshore island.
The project involves the design, supply, accessories assembly and site acceptance testing of four HVDC 320 kV single-core cables with XLPE insulation that will connect the Al Mirfa onshore converter station to Al Ghallan, an artificial offshore island in the Arabian Gulf.
The project comprises 124 km (77 mi) of submarine HVDC cables to be installed in water depths of up to 35 m (115 ft) and 3.5 km (2.2 mi) of HVDC land cables. The commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2025.
Under the LNTP, Prysmian will perform engineering works, secure manufacturing capacity, proceed with partial production of the HVDC cables in advance of the full contract award and notice to proceed (NTP), scheduled for 3Q 2022. It also remains subject to Samsung C&T receiving its related NTP under the main EPC contract.
The company will produce the HVDC submarine cables in Arco Felice, Italy, while the HVDC land cables will be manufactured at the plant in Pikkala, Finland. The submarine fiber optical cables will be produced at the plant in Nordenham, Germany.
In addition, Prysmian said it expects to enter a parallel installation agreement with Jan De Nul Group for the submarine cable laying works. The company expects to use its cable-laying vessel Leonardo da Vinci and cable-laying barge Ulisse.