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Prysmian Lands Two Contracts for Offshore Wind Farms in Europe

Prysmian has been awarded two new strategic contracts worth a total 35 million euro, for the supply of state-of-the-art technology cable systems to major European wind power plants being developed in Germany and in the UK. The contracts have been awarded to Prysmian by E.ON Netz for the Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm and by DONG Energy for the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind park.

Germany’s E.ON Netz has awarded Prysmian a contract for the supply of cables that will connect the Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm to the German mainland. Situated 45 km north of Borkum Island, Alpha Ventus will be one of the main offshore wind parks in Germany. Relying on a total of 12 x 5 MW wind turbines, the wind farm will have a total installed capacity of 60 MW. The first units are planned for commissioning in 2008. Prysmian will design and manufacture 66 km of a 110 kV submarine cable system plus accessories, including joints, terminations and testing services. The delivery of cables is scheduled by June 30th, 2008 and services completion is due by September 30th, 2008.

DONG Energy A/S, Denmark’s biggest power producer with acknowledged expertise in environmentally-sensitive power generation, has selected Prysmian as preferred partner for the development of the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm in the UK with the award of two contracts for the design, engineering and production – including joints, terminations and related connection works - of the main high voltage export submarine cable system for the transmission of power from the offshore wind park back to the shore and of the high voltage land cable system to connect the submarine system to the UK grid. The delivery of cable and accessories is due by summer 2008. Termination and jointing operations are due by autumn 2008. Prysmian will also supply the medium voltage cables for the inter-windmill connection of the wind turbines array. The Gunfleet offshore wind park will be located off the Eastern coast of England and will be composed by 30 wind turbines on a 10 km2 area. The expected annual energy output will provide power to approximately 75,000 households.

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