Italian telecom cable company wins offshore oilfield project in the UAE

ZakumItaly’s telecom cable company Prysmian Group has been awarded a contract worth approximately US$41.47mn by UAE-based construction company Emirates Holding to lay sub-sea power cable at Zakum offshore oilfield in Abu Dhabi

The contract was awarded on behalf of Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO).

The Zakum oilfield is reportedly the first submarine electrification project planned by ADMA-OPCO and is expected to be the benchmark for future projects aimed at developing and implementing a power distribution and transmission network among owned offshore oilfields, in order to increase capacity and improve reliability of their oil production facilities.

Prysmian Group said that the project work scope includes the design and supply of about 200km of XLPE (Cross-Linked Polyethylene) insulated medium voltage submarine cables for the distribution of energy to oil towers and platforms, including accessories and network components.

The project will be implemented by the group’s offices in the UAE, using production from Pikkala (Finland) with first 70km batch delivery in November 2014 and final delivery due by mid-2015.

The Prysmian Group already has a number of projects completed or currently ongoing including the Barzan oilfield submarine power interconnection in Qatar, the GCC Saudi-Bahrain submarine interconnection and the 400kV power transmission system for TRANSCO connecting the Bahia and Saadiyat grid stations in Abu Dhabi.

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