SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE FIRST EVER SUBMARINE INTERCONNECTION BETWEEN THE ISLAND OF CRETE AND MAINLAND GREECE

RECORD WATER DEPTH INSTALLATION FOR THE INNOVATIVE NON-METALLIC ARMOUR CABLE

THE TRUSTFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH IPTO AND THE GROUP’S CONSOLIDATED PROJECT EXECUTION CAPABILITIES WERE KEY TO SUCCESS

Milan, 01 April 2021 – Prysmian Group and Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO) announce the successful completion of the submarine interconnection between the island of Crete and the Peloponnese peninsula, a record-breaking project in terms of length, depth and innovative HVAC cable technology.

Prysmian Group designed, supplied, and installed an HVAC (High Voltage Alternating Current) cable system composed of 135 km of 150 kV three-core cables with XLPE insulation and double-wire armouring. This is a record-breaking project, because Prysmian Group installed its innovative cable-system technology, based on a synthetic armour 30% lighter than steel, at a maximum water depth of approximately 1,000 metres for the first time.

The project has a total value of €125 million and was awarded to Prysmian Group in 2018 by IPTO, which operates the transmission system for Greece’s power grid. The first interconnection of Crete to the mainland of Greece is expected to go online over the next few months, ensuring reliable, affordable and sustainable power transmission.

“This project confirms Prysmian’s undisputed leadership in the submarine cable system industry as a truly reliable and dedicated partner in the execution of complex turn-key projects,” stated Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects BU, Prysmian Group. “Our project execution capabilities have also been recognised by the recent ‘2020 Infrastructure Project award’, which acknowledged the Crete-Peloponnese interconnection as ’the project of records’. We are honoured of IPTO’s long-standing trust in our expertise, and we are proud to be IPTO’s key partner in such a strategic project, linking for the first time ever the island of Crete to the Greek mainland power grids.”

“The interconnection of Crete to the mainland has been a long-term aspiration for the Greek people and it now comes true in record time”, stated Manos Manousakis, BoD Chairman & CEO, IPTO. “Prysmian is a trusted partner of IPTO, engaged in flagship projects in Greece such as the interconnection of Cyclades Islands and the Crete- Attica powerlink. The technology of high strength synthetic fibres – used for first time in this project- secures low weight and good mechanical performance, ideal for the high-depth Greek seas. The innovative technology used in Crete-Peloponnese project paths the way for reliable and resilient subsea interconnections in the challenging Aegean sea.”

 

Prysmian Group

Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With almost 140 years of experience, sales exceeding €11 billion, about 29,000 employees in over 50 countries and 112 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.

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