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Prysmian to develop land cable connections for East Anglia One offshore wind farm

Published 31 January 2017

Prysmian has won a £27m contract to deliver and install a 220kV onshore cable for ScottishPower Renewables' 714MW East Anglia 1 wind farm in the UK.

The company will make a 37km double circuit wire that will deliver power from the landfall at Bawdsey to a substation in Bramford.

The cables will link the 102 turbines at the wind farm to the grid and supply electricity to power about 500,000 UK households.

Prysmian will take the responsibility of the system design, supply, installation and testing of the cables and their accessories.

The company will manufacture the underground high voltage cables and these will be installed by its UK-based installation division.

Preconstruction work is scheduled to begin early this year and the cable installation phase could last from October to September 2018.

For the installation task to take place properly, Prysmian stated that it will employ a crew of about 50.

Prysmian UK CEO Llyr Roberts said: “This is a highly significant project for Prysmian and it demonstrates again the breadth of our expertise, both in the manufacture of high voltage cable and in the technical expertise required by the design and installation.

“We are delighted to be involved in a world-leading project of this significance for the UK renewable energy sector.”

Prysmian has earlier worked on the land connection for the Gwynt y Môr wind farm in Wales and the Western Link DC land sections, will be leveraged by the installation team.

The total estimated cost of the East Anglia One offshore wind farm is about £2.5bn. It will include 7MW turbines to be supplied by Siemens.  

Construction of the project will begin this year, while the turbine installation is scheduled to take place in 2019.  The wind farm is expected to be fully operational by 2020.

Image: Prysmian Group secures land cable installation contract for East Anglia One offshore wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of Prysmian S.p.A.