Prysmian Group has been awarded a contract worth a total of €67 million by the Turkish electricity transmission utility TEIAS for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a high-voltage submarine power cable link to connect Europe and Asia across the Dardanelles strait in Turkey. Once completed, the link will be the first high-voltage submarine power cable link ever in the country.

The link comprises a double AC power transmission circuit of approximately 4 km with a rating of 1000 MW for each circuit between the substations of Lapseki (on the Asian side) and Sütlüce (on the European side) across the Dardanelles strait. The 380 kV XLPE insulated cables will be manufactured in Prysmian’s submarine production units based in Europe and installation will be carried out by the Group’s cableship Giulio Verne. Commissioning of the interconnection is scheduled for the second half of 2014.

The Dardanelles link is one of the first AC 380 kV submarine cable links using XLPE insulated cables in the world.