Prysmian awarded €60 m subsea cable contract in UAE

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 18/11/2022 Prysmian Group

Prysmian Group has been awarded a €60 million contract for laying submarine cables for the already secured Project Lighting HVDC 320 kV interconnection project in the UAE.


It follows news in January 2022 that Prysmian secured a limited notice to proceed by Samsung C&T as part of its EPC consortium with Jan De Nul Group, the initial contract was worth €220 million.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) also announced the financial closing of their $3.8 billion strategic project aimed to power and decarbonize ADNOC’s offshore production operations on September 23, 2022. The main purpose of this new HVDC link is to replace the ADNOC’s current offshore power by a green onshore power source.

Offshore installation operations will be performed by the Prysmian's DP cable-laying vessel
Leonardo da Vinci, with the shallow water activities being performed by cable-laying barge Ulisse.

Under the ADNOC Lightning Project, Prysmian will design, supply, assemble and test a symmetrical monopole system consisting of four HVDC 320 kV single-core cables with XLPE insulation, along with fiber optic cable systems, that will connect the Al Mirfa onshore converter station to Al Ghallan, an artificial offshore island in the Arabian Gulf, located off the Abu Dhabi coast, in the United Arab Emirates. The project comprises both a subsea route of approximately 134 km of submarine HVDC cables, and onshore routes located at Al Mirfa and Al Ghallan Island totalling approximately 3.5 km of HVDC land cable route. The commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2025.