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Prysmian lands €70 million contract to connect Italian islands to mainland

The Prysmian Group reports that it has been chosen by Terna Rete Italia SpA (TRI), a business of Terna SpA, the Italian Transmission System Operator, to provide 31 km of cable to connect the islands to the mainland.

A press release said that the contract, worth approximately €70 million, calls for TRI to supply and install a High Voltage Alternate Current (HVAC) 150 kV power cable connection that includes "a 30 km submarine route and 1 km of land cable, as well as related network components and specialist civil works on either ends, running from the mainland to Terna's innovative power station with low environmental impact and sustainable design criteria located in Capri's Gasto Ecological Island." The link, it said, is part of a wider scope project planned by Terna that is known as ''Progetto Insula,'' which seeks to connect the main Italian islands (Sardinia, Sicily, Elba, the islands of the Gulf of Naples and the Venetian Lagoon) to the mainland.

The cables for the Capri-Torre Annunziata link will be manufactured in the Arco Felice plant (Naples), the release said. The deployment will be performed by the Group's "Giulio Verne" cable-laying vessel, it said, adding that the project completion date is 2015.

"It's a source of great satisfaction to be involved in the realization of infrastructure of such great strategic and environmental importance," said Valerio Battista, CEO of Prysmian Group. "The track record of projects carried out and on-going, further confirms our leading role in the development of interconnections for increasingly efficient and sustainable power transmission grids in Europe and worldwide."

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