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25-km, 400-kV Cable System Slated for Abu Dhabi

Prysmian has been awarded a new major contract worth around € 250-million (around 1.15 BN Dirham) forthe execution of a 400-kV power Extra High Voltage transmission turnkey project by Abu Dhabi Transmission and Dispatch Company (TRANSCO). Prysmian will provide engineering, manufacturing, installation and commissioning of the 400-kV cable system (triple circuit route of 25 km for a total of 230 km of extruded insulation (XLPE) cable and related network components). The total project execution time is 24 months.

The new link is of high importance for the Abu Dhabi Emirate’s power transmission system. It will connect the Bahia and Saadiyat Grid Stations, via some of the most prestigious infrastructure and real estate development areas like Yas Island – location of the new F1 Race track and huge luxury Real Estate development - and Saadiyat where it is under construction the new Abu Dhabi Cultural District that will host also the Louvre and Guggenheim museums. The underground cable system will replace the existing overhead lines resulting in a significantly lower environmental impact. The project can be classified as the largest 400-kV underground cable system in the region and the largest EHV XLPE cable system in the world (in terms of contract value) ever awarded to a single supplier. “It is huge, complex and innovative as it will require also the adoption of micro tunnelling technology, a new application for power transmission projects in the region. Engineering skills, customer focus and market knowledge, are confirmed to be Prysmian’s strengths also in the ME.” declares Giovanni Caradonna, ME General Manager.

The project further confirms the key role played by Prysmian in the Abu Dhabi present huge infrastructure investment process and in the whole Middle East, where the Group counts several major projects completed and ongoing. These include Emirates Steel (ESI) and Emirates Aluminium Company Ltd. (EMAL) in Abu Dhabi (HV cable systems for the world’s largest aluminium smelter facility); the development of the first-ever Submarine Power Transmission link serving Doha and the new 400-kV high voltage underground grid connection on behalf of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation; the recently commissioned GCCIA Saudi Bahrain submarine interconnection, several projects in the O&G industry like the recently acquired Livorno FPSO (Dubai Dry Docks) and important Fire Resistant cabling projects such as the newly inaugurated Burj Khalifa and the Abu Dhabi Financial Center.

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