Ørsted Wind Power has contracted Italian electricity transmission cables manufacturer Prysmian Group to supply submarine inter-array cables for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in the UK.
Located 89km off the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea Project Two will generate enough clean energy to power more than 1.3 million homes in the UK once it commences operations in 2022.
Prysmian Group Offshore Wind sales team manager Alessandro Panico said: “We are proud to support Ørsted in this important challenge, providing the UK market with the highest quality cables locally manufactured for the next generation of UK offshore wind farms.
“The development of grid infrastructures for the transmission and distribution of electric power from renewable sources is of strategic importance.
“With this contract, we are proving our capability to also offer competitive inter-array cable technology, as well as our undisputed leadership in export cables.”
As per the terms of the contract, Prysmian will be responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, termination and testing of the inter-array submarine cables system, which will connect 110 of the 165 wind turbines and the offshore substation platform.
For this project, the Italian firm will be supplying more than 300km of 66kV inter-array cables with EPR insulation, as well as single wire armouring systems and related accessories.
Due to be delivered in 2021, the submarine cable cores will be manufactured at the company’s centre of excellence located in Wrexham, Wales, UK, while the armouring and assembling process will be performed in Drammen, Norway.
Ørsted Wind Power Hornsea projects programme director Duncan Clark said: “We are pleased to be working with Prysmian Group, which can boast years of experience and a strong track record of innovating, including the development of high voltage submarine cable solutions.
“This inward investment is a clear signal of confidence in the continued growth of the offshore wind market in the UK.”