Prysmian has been awarded a project worth well in excess of 200 million euros by the German transmission system operator transpower — a subsidiary of the Dutch grid operator TenneT — for the grid connection project BorWin2 linking two offshore wind farms in the North Sea to mainland Germany.

Prysmian will provide complete supply, installation and commissioning of the submarine and land cable connections as part of a larger contract worth more than 500 million euros, awarded to the consortium between Prysmian and Siemens Energy. Siemens will deliver the Voltage Sourced Converter (VSC) system with an accordant capacity of 800 MW. The turnkey connection will link the Offshore Wind Parks Veja Mate and Global Tech 1, located 125 km (78 miles) offshore, to the mainland with the purpose of transmitting wind-generated renewable power into the German grid.

The project sets several milestones in the industry as it will be the first commercial ±300 kV dc cable project using extruded technology (the highest dc voltage level ever reached), the first 800-MW connection to offshore wind parks and the largest VSC system with a capacity of 800 MW. The project will use extruded HVDC cable technology from Prysmian, together with Siemens HVDC Plus converter technology at the offshore platform and onshore stations.

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