‘Right of Way’ (RoW) issues associated with the acquisition of landfall caused significant delays, as did outdated processes, which made it difficult to importing goods and engage specialist personnel, for example. For Prysmian, a key technical challenge was developing a lighter cable with double armour that could be handled at submarine depths in excess of 500 meters and was light enough to make installation easier. The cables were produced at our centre of excellence for submarine cables in Arco Felice, near Naples. The plant design and production teams were fundamental to ensuring we achieved our target.
“A number of learnings and best practices were also developed during the project. For example, it’s vital to prepare and agree on a contingency or alternative plan beforehand, in case landfalls are not available on arrival of the vessels to the site. Early preparation of import and customs documentation is fundamental, and selecting the right ports is key. Also, port activities should be scheduled in the same areas as the development site where possible. We’ll be making the most of these new learning going forward!”