Prysmian secures two US wind farm projects

22 December 2021

Prysmian Group has secured cabling contracts for two new offshore wind farm projects in the USA worth approximately $900 million. Both projects have been awarded by Vineyard Wind, a joint venture of Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

Worth around $300 million, the first cabling project will connect the 804 MW Park City offshore wind farm to the electricity grid in the state of Connecticut. Prysmian will deploy HVAC 275 kV three-core cables with XLPE insulation and single wire armouring. Cables will be produced in the Group’s facilities Arco Felice, Italy, and Pikkala, Finland, and will be installed by the Leonardo da Vinci and Ulisse vessels. Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2026. 

Prysmian’s award of the Commonwealth Wind cabling project, worth around $580 million, follows the Massachusetts Baker-Polito administration selection of the Vineyard Wind’s proposal for delivering 1200 MW of offshore wind farm capacity. Prysmian will design, supply, install, and commission three export submarine power cable links to connect the Commonwealth Wind to the electricity grid in Massachusetts, and will supply HVAC 275 kV three-core cables with XLPE insulation and single-wire armouring. 

As part of the Commonwealth Wind project agreement and subject to several customary conditions precedent, such as obtaining permits to build the facilities and closing the contractual arrangements with the property owner, Prysmian intends to build a new manufacturing facility for submarine transmission cables at Brayton Point, the site of the former 1600 MW coal-fired power plant in Somerset. 

Both cable supply awards are subject to the finalisation of Prysmian Group’s plans to localise its footprint. The submarine cables are planned to be produced in the new plant in Massachusetts (USA), as well as in Arco Felice and Pikkala. Delivery and commissioning of the export cables are scheduled for 2027.

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