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Prysmian and Nexans win major contract in Middle East

Prysmian Cables & Systems and Nexans have been awarded a US$343 million contract by GCCIA (Gulf Cooperation Council...


November 21, 2005  


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Prysmian Cables & Systems and Nexans have been awarded a US$343 million contract by GCCIA (Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority) for a high voltage AC submarine interconnection between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Prysmian, formerly Pirelli Cables & Systems, will provide a turnkey project including engineering, manufacturing and the laying of 120 kilometres of submarine cable and 24 kilometres of underground cable with a transmission capacity of 1200 MW and 400 kV AC.

It will also produce and install a portion of the oil filled cables interconnection linking Al Jasra (Bahrain) and Ras Qurray (Saudi Arabia) sub stations, passing through Umman Na’san Island.

Nexans will supply one extra-high-voltage cable circuit comprising a total of 120 kilometres of 400kV single core SCFF (Self Contained Fluid Filled) submarine cables, 24 kilometres of 400kV single core SCFF underground cables and 47 kilometres of fibre optic cable (48 fibres) as well as connection accessories (joints and terminations, oil pressurizing system and temperature monitoring systems).

The links will run from Al Jasra (Bahrain) to Ras Al Qurrayah (Saudi Arabia) via Umm An Na’ san Island. The submarine sections will be 40 kilometres long and the underground sections seven kilometres long. The overall weight of the cables to be delivered for this project will be over 12,000 tonnes.