Amprion awards billion-euro contract for offshore grid connection

Prysmian has been awarded contracts with a total value of €5 billion by grid operator Amprion. It involves the connection of three offshore fields.

This order package is the largest that Prysmian has ever received as a manufacturer of energy and telecommunications cables, according to a press release. A total of around 4,400 km of HVDC cables and DMR cables are to be laid to connect the two offshore wind farms “BalWin1” and “BalWin2” to the onshore grid. The third package concerns the DC34 underground cable project.

“We have thus secured the necessary cable resources for three important energy transition projects. For us, this is an important step towards the success of the project,” says Hendrik Neumann, CTO of Amprion.

Amprion builds grid for the introduction of 70 GW

The three projects are part of Germany’s overall plan to install an offshore capacity of 70 GW by 2045. In order to be able to transmit the energy generated at sea to consumers in the western and southern regions of the country, the grid connection that has now been contractually agreed is necessary.

“BalWin1” and “BalWin2” will each transmit up to 2 GW of offshore wind energy to the grid connection points. As part of the Rhine-Main Link, DC34 will connect a substation in Lower Saxony with a counterpart in Hesse in order to transmit up to 2 GW of wind energy to consumers in the Rhine-Main conurbation.

According to Prysmian, it is the global market leader in the field of energy and telecommunications cables and systems. Around 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries generate an annual turnover of around €16 billion for the Group.

Amprion GmbH is one of four transmission system operators in Germany with an extra-high-voltage grid with a total length of 11,000 km and employs around 2,300 people at 30 locations.

© Amprion

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