Cable specialist to deliver world’s longest interconnector
By Mike Hayes21 July 2023
Power cable maker Nexans has won a turnkey contract worth €1.43 billion to supply and install cables for a major element of the ambitious EuroAsia Interconnector project.
The Paris-based manufacturer said it has been awarded the engineering, construction, and installation contract for the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable systems, which will run between Greece and Cyprus.
The project aims to establish an extensive energy bridge connecting Cyprus, Greece and Israel, via a 1,208km direct current (DC) undersea cable route.
The 525kv HVDC cable will have a capacity of 1,000 MW, with the potential to expand to 2,000 MW and the networks between Cyprus and Greece will become the world’s longest and deepest interconnector.
The cable will cross the floor of the Mediterranean Sea at depths exceeding 3,000m, a significant technical feat, demanding cutting-edge technology and advanced processes.
According to Nexans, the first section of the EuroAsia Interconnector route is expected to be completed by 2028, with the remaining section scheduled for completion in 2029.
Nexans will manufacture the subsea cables at its facilities in Halden, Norway, and Futtsu, Japan, demonstrating the company’s global reach and expertise in the field.
The EuroAsia Interconnector project, which received €657 million funding from the European Commission (EC), is expected to supply electricity to over three million homes, improving energy security and sustainable development in the connected nations.