Prysmian bags €50m offshore order

Transmission system operator TenneT has awarded cable supplier Prysmian an order for a connection of the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm.

The order, topping €50m ($64.9m), is for a temporary link of the substation platform of the 273MW wind park in the German North Sea via a 31km alternating-current (AC) cable to the converter platform of the BorWin2 grid connection, from where electricity from several wind projects will flow to the coast.

BorWin2, with a total capacity of 800MW, is under construction by Siemens and slated to come on line in the second half of 2014. It will also serve the 400MW Global Tech 1 and the Veja Mate development.

Deutsche Bucht was originally supposed to be linked to the BorWin4 grid connection, but TenneT says BorWin4 is still in the tendering phase and no date is given for its expected entry into service.

The temporary link to BorWin2 will be commissioned by the end of 2015, TenneT says. The Prysmian contract includes the design, manufacturing, delivery and ready-to-use installation of AC cables.

Developer Windreich said late last year that it had sold Deutsche Bucht to an unnamed British investor.

The development of German offshore wind has suffered serious delays - according to many sector officials primarily due to TenneT’s slow provision of grid connections.