Prysmian member of "Friends of the Supergrid"
On March 23 th, 2010 in Bruxelles - following the launch event in London (UK) on March 08 th, 2010 - Prysmian together with nine other major players in the energy sector - 3E, Areva T&D, DEME Blue Energy, Elia, Hochtief Construction AG, Mainstream Renewable Power, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Siemens and Visser & Smit Marine Contracting - will launch the new "Friends of the Supergrid" (FOSG) organization.
The organization is aimed at promoting and supporting the development of large–scale direct current power connections (the Supergrid) in Europe as part of the implementation of the European Directive for the promotion of the utilization of power coming from renewable sources.
During the launch event, Ian Knowles – Executive Sales Manager of Prysmian Powerlink – will present Prysmian’ s vision for the Europe offshore Supergrid and update on how the technology of cables is progressing (challenges, solutions, R&D).
Prysmian is involved in major international high voltage power transmission underground and submarine interconnection projects such as Transbay and Neptune in the USA, COMETA in Spain, Doha Bay in Qatar and Basslink in Australia. In Italy the company has been awarded a contract to develop the new Extra High Voltage submarine power link between Sicily and the Italian mainland (Messina II), an interconnection of strategic importance for the development of the entire national power grid, by Terna Spa Rete Elettrica Nazionale.
Prysmian is active in the field of renewable energies by supplying cable systems to the wind and solar industries, paying growing attention to the evolution ongoing towards the use of sustainable resources.
In the latest years, just to mention a few, the Group has supplied high-tech power cables for the Greater Gabbard project in the UK, the world’ s largest offshore wind farm.
Through Prysmian Powerlink, the Group is now active part of “Friends of the Supergrid” and ready to face the greater efforts required for years to come, keeping in mind that a sustainable business affects the overall economic performance both at local and global level.