The Prysmian Group has been awarded a new contract by Ørsted Wind Power A/S to supply inter-array submarine cables for the Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm, located 160 km off the Yorkshire coast, U.K.
A press release said that the project—subject to a final procedural confirmation from Ørsted—calls for approximately 280 km of 66 kV inter-array cables with XLPE insulation. The order from Ørsted, a repeat customer, will cover about half of the overall wind farm’s requirements.
The Prysmian Group will be responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, termination and testing of the inter–array submarine cable system that will connect the wind turbines and the offshore converter station. All the submarine cable cores will be produced at the Group’s centers of excellence located in Montereau and Gron, France, while the armoring and assembling processes will be performed at the plant in Nordenham, Germany. The cables are due to be delivered in 2026. Once constructed, the site will be able to supply green, renewable electricity to more than three million homes.
“This award reflects Ørsted’s trust in Prysmian’s capabilities to meet the increasing need of submarine cable systems to support the energy transition to smarter and greener power grids,” said Juliano De Mello, sales team manager offshore wind, Prysmian Group. “We are very pleased and proud for having been chosen again to undertake such a challenging project supporting Ørsted to meet the U.K. Government’s ambition to deliver 50 GW of offshore wind power by 2030 as part of the British Energy Security Strategy.”
In 2018, Ørsted awarded Prysmian Group the contract for the 66 kV inter–array submarine cable system for the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm. That project connected 110 of the 165 wind turbines and the offshore substation platform.
“After working successfully with Prysmian on the Hornsea 2 project, we are delighted to work together again on Hornsea 3,” said Luke Bridgman, senior project director for Hornsea 3. “The project represents another leap forward in terms of the size and scale of offshore wind farms, and collaborations with world-class manufacturers such as Prysmian are crucial to executing the project successfully.