Italy’s Prysmian Group has won a contract worth over €150m ($169.7m) by French transmission system operator Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE) to connect the 500MW Yeu and Noirmoutier Islands offshore wind project to the French mainland power grid.

The array is being developed by the Eoliennes en Mer d’Ile d’Yeu et Noirmoutier consortium between French and Portuguese utilities Engie and EDPR, as well as the Banque des Territoires, which plans to bring the wind farm online in 2023 – two years later than previously envisaged.

The offshore wind grid connection project will cover a submarine cable route of around 27 kms and an underground cable route of around 30 kms.

Prysmian will provide its comprehensive turn-key approach for the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of two HVAC 225 kV three-core extruded export submarine cables with single-wire armouring which will reach the landfall area at La Barre-de-Monts beach.

Prysmian will be also responsible for the supply and jointing of two HVAC 225 kV extruded land cables circuits that will link the landfall area to the substation at Soullans.

The Italian cable group has recently also been involved in key projects in France like the Fécamp, Courseulles-sur-Mer and St. Nazaire offshore wind farms and the the Provence Grand Large floating offshore wind farm (awarded by EDF Renewables).

Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2023, conditional upon the receiving of the notice to proceed expected by March 2020 as regard the preliminary studies, and by June 2020 for the overall project.