A consortium of Prysmian Cables & Systems and Siemens Transmission & Distribution Ltd has been awarded a contract worth a total value of 87 million Euro to supply the electrical package for the new 300MW UK-based Thanet offshore wind park to be constructed in the North Sea. As the company announced on its website, Prysmian will develop the connections between the wind park’s one hundred turbines, as well as the high voltage submarine power links to the mainland British power grid. Prysmian’s share of the contract is worth around 36 million Euro. Siemens will supply the onshore substation, onshore cables and the offshore substation.
After completion, scheduled for October 2009, Thanet will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm project. It is located about eleven kilometers off the coast of Kent.
Prysmian has also been recently involved in such projects as the Greater Gabbard in UK (which, when completed in 2010, will supersede Thanet as the world’s largest offshore park), the Alpha Ventus offshore wind park in Germany, and Gunfleet Sands offshore wind park in UK. In 2008, Prysmian further announced, it will increase by 50 per cent the production capacity of its submarine cables specifically designed for the offshore wind parks, in order to further strengthen its competitive position in the Renewable Energy sector and to meet the demands of its strong order book.