Nexans Skagerrak repairing damaged MVIP in the Philippines

Nexans cable lay vessel, Skagerrak is in the process of repairing a severed cable, which is part of the 350 kV Mindanao Visayas Interconnector Project (MVIP), in the Philippines. According to media reports in the Philippines, the vessel arrived at the Cebu Port on 8th September 2021 to fix the damaged cable.

Michelle Visera, corporate communications and public affairs officer of the NGCP in Negros Island, said that they still could not say when the submarine cable repairs would be completed. The project was initially targeted for completion in December 2020, but has been delayed repeatedly by land acquisition issues, COVID-19-related restrictions, and cable damage.

The interconnector was found to have been damaged at several location, while the second cable was being laid in February 2021; the damaged cable was only completed in November 2020. Initial reports showed a vessel navigating the area where the first cable was laid, a month after cable laying concluded.

Another round of procurement was carried out to schedule cable laying, which was adversely affected in terms of cable shipping and availability of cable laying experts by pandemic-related quarantine restrictions.

The 450 MW
MVIP will connect the Visayas and Mindanao grids through a an HVDC cable system. The project covers 184 circuit kilometres (ckm) of submarine cables and 526 ckm of overhead wires connecting Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte to Santander, Cebu. In 2018, Nexans was awarded a turnkey contract for the 350 kV mass impregnated cable to be installed at 650-metre water depths.

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