Prysmian to Provide New Connection Between Balearic Islands of Mallorca & Ibiza

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a new contract worth approximately 85 million euro by REE (Red Eléctrica de España, S.A.U.), the Transmission System Operator of the Spanish electricity system, for the second circuit of the interconnection between the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Ibiza.

The project involves the design, supply and installation of a turn-key High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) cable system designed to transmit a power of 118 MVA and consisting of 132 kV extruded cables and associated fibre optic cable system along a total route of more than 123 km (115 km submarine and 8.6 km land) for the interconnection between the two islands that will enable integration of Ibiza in the Peninsular network system by ways of the existing “Romulo” (Iberian Peninsula-Mallorca) cable system.

The submarine cables for the Mallorca-Ibiza link will be manufactured in the Arco Felice plant (Naples), the Group’s centre of technological and manufacturing excellence; land cables and optical components of the submarine link will be manufactured in Vilanova i la Geltrù (Spain). Production of both submarine and land cables will be during 2014. Marine cable operations in deep waters (up to 750 m, a highly challenging activity, well within Prysmian’s proven expertise of record depths of more than 1600 m) will be performed using the Group’s own vessel Giulio Verne. Cable installation and protection will be completed during 2015.

“This new project, confirms the trust of REE towards Prysmian reliability after several projects already developed together (Iberian Peninsula-Mallorca/Romulo, Spain-Morocco I and II/Remo)” states Marcello Del Brenna, CEO Prysmian Powerlink. It further highlights Prysmian’s strategic role in supporting the realization of the important development plans in the field of power grid interconnections.

Press Release, April 22, 2013