Nexans in $125 million cable deal to connect Greek island to mainland

French cable company Nexans has won a $125m turnkey submarine project to connect an island with the Greek mainland.

The interconnector will be between the Greek city Lavrion and Syros, part of the the Cyclades Islands. The project includes the design, manufacturing, installation and protection of a 150 kV high voltage alternating current (HVAC) three-core submarine cable with a fibre optical element.

Connecting the Cyclades Islands is an ongoing project and the Syros link is part of a third phase being organised by independent power transmission operator ADMIE.

By interconnecting the Cyclades Islands, ADMIE wants to reduce the number of the existing power stations operating on heavy fuel oil and diesel and create the necessary infrastructure for harnessing the significant renewable power potential in the region.

The interconnector will be 108 km long and will be installed at water depths up to 300 m by the cable-laying vessel Nexans Skagerrak.

All cables will be produced in Norway: the submarine cables by Nexans Norway in its Halden plant, and the fibre optic cable in Rognan.

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