Prysmian Group scores €60 million contract for German duo

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 28/07/2021 Prysmian Group
Prysmian Group has been awarded a contract worth more than €60 million by Ørsted for the design, supply, termination and testing of inter-array submarine cable systems for the Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farms. The completion of both projects is expected by 2024.

Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind farms will be located approximately 60 km from each other in the German North Sea and will be built simultaneously. Prysmian Group will provide inter-array cable systems for a total of more than 150km of 66 kV XLPE–insulated cables that will connect the wind turbines of Gode Wind 3 to an offshore substation platform and  Borkum Riffgrund 3 to an Offshore Converter Station where the voltage will be increased and converted for onward transmission to the German mainland, with an overall combined capacity of more than 1,100 MW. Once operational, the two wind farms will be capable of supplying around 1.2 million German households.

“We are proud to support Ørsted in these two important projects providing our state-of-the-art, high-performance 66 kV cable systems for inter-array networks. This agreement further confirms Ørsted’s trust in Prysmian's capability and expertise, as well as in its role as a reliable provider of submarine cable systems. In fact, Ørsted has already awarded Prysmian a contract for the Hornsea 2 project, one of the biggest offshore wind farms that will be able to supply well over 1.3 million homes with green, renewable electricity,”
stated Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects, Prysmian Group.

The cables for the
Gode Wind 3 and Borkum Riffgrund 3 projects will be produced in Montereau and Gron (France), as well as in Nordenham (Germany).

The installation of
Borkum Riffgrund 3 is expected to begin 2024 with commissioning being completed in 2025, subject to Ørsted's final investment decision. It will be the largest offshore project in Germany to date featuring 83 turbines. Borkum Riffgrund 3 is the product of Ørsted merging three wind farms it secured in auctions in 2017 and 2018. The 900 MW wind farm will be built and operated without subsidies.

Ørsted expects the installation of
Gode Wind 3 to begin in 2023, with commissioning being completed in 2024. The array will be built about 32 kilometres off the island of Norderney, and will consist of 23 turbines with a combined capacity of 242 MW. The final investment decision for the project is still pending.

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