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Prysmian Group, global provider of energy and telecom cable systems, has been awarded a contract worth over €150m ($168m) by Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE) for the development of two submarine and land export power cable systems.

The systems will connect the offshore wind farm located in between the islands of Yeu and Noirmoutier to the French mainland power grid.

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The offshore wind farm is being developed by the company Les Eoliennes en Mer d’Ile d’Yeu et Noirmoutier, which was awarded around 500 MW capacity production by the French government.

RTE, the French transmission system operator will design, build, maintain and operate the two 225 kV links (submarine and land) to connect the offshore wind farm to the grid.

The offshore wind grid connection project will be able to export 500 MW of green and renewable energy, covering a submarine cable route of around 27 km and an underground cable route of around 30 km.

Prysmian will execute turn-key design, supply, installation, and commissioning of two HVAC 225 kV three-core extruded export submarine cables with single-wire armouring, which will reach the landfall area at La Barre-de-Monts beach.

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Prysmian will be also responsible for the supply and jointing of two HVAC 225 kV extruded land cables circuits that will link the landfall area to the substation at Soullans.

Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2023, conditional upon the receiving of the notice to proceed expected by March 2020.

“We are proud to be contributing to the development of infrastructures of such great strategic importance,” stated Hakan Ozmen, EVP, projects business unit, Prysmian Group. “This contract not only consolidates our relationship with RTE, but also confirms Prysmian’s worldwide leadership in addressing the increasing need for upgraded power grids to support the energy transition,” concluded Ozmen.