French cable company Nexans has won a contract worth over $100m for a major interconnection project in the Philippines.

With power consumption in Philippines rising by almost 80 per cent in the last 15 years, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has launched the Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection Project to connect the three grids of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao into one unified power line.

Nexans has been awarded the submarine link of the project – a full turnkey contract to manufacture, deliver and install a 350 kV HVDC submarine cable.

The cable will be manufactured in Nexans’ Nippon High Voltage Cable Corporation plant in Futtsu, Japan, plus in its Norway plant in Halden.

The installation and protection works at water depths up to 650 m will be performed by Nexans’ own cable-laying vessel C/S Nexans Skagerrak.

Vincent Dessale of Nexans Subsea and Land Systems Business Group, said: “We look forward to contributing to the construction of a single national grid, which will provide a more reliable electricity transmission to the Philippine people.”

The Mindanao-Visayas Interconnection is expected to be complete by 2020.

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