Italian cable group Prysmian has won contracts worth more than $233m to connect France’s first offshore wind farms to the grid.
Both contracts have been awarded by Eolien Maritime France, a joint venture between French company EDF Energies Nouvelles and Canadian firm Enbridge.
They are for Prysmian to design, supply and install inter-array cables for the offshore wind farms Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-Mer, which are off the north coast of France.
A third, $23m contract, for the Saint Nazaire wind farm which is also owned by Eolien Maritime France, is currently being secured in a consortium between Prysmian and Louis Dreyfus Travocean.
Hakan Ozmen of Prysmian said: “These new important awards confirm that we have all the capabilities to achieve our ambitious growth targets in the offshore wind farm market. Our investments have strengthened both our production capacity and installation capabilities and the market is showing its confidence in us.”
For all the projects, Prysmian will provide 33 kV three-core submarine cable systems with XLPE insulation. The total cable length for all three wind farms will be around 345 km.
The Fécamp project will involve connecting 83 wind turbines with a total capacity of 498 MW, while Courseulles-sur-Mer will connect 75 turbines with a capacity of 450 MW.
The cable cores will be manufactured at Prysmian’s factory in Montereau-fault-yonne, France, and then assembled and finished in Nordenham, Germany.