“The Viking project will last three years, and will help us further improve the plant’s efficiency both in terms of materials and manpower,” says Production Manager Mario Gallo. “We may make new investments.”
Each submarine cable produced at Arco Felice is a sort of prototype, requiring the plant’s 20 production lines to be adapted and some of its staff to be re-trained. The factory wrapped up the lapping phase of production of the 950-kilometer North Sea Link cable between the UK and Norway at the beginning of summer. The NSL will be completed in December. The Viking Link mega-project calls for changes in labour practices, organization, and maintenance.
The Viking Link and North Sea Links are the latest examples of how the Group is using its manufacturing excellence at plants like Arco Felice and elsewhere, along with its technical and managerial know-how, to gain a competitive advantage in the growing market for offshore wind power.
“The Viking Link project for nearly €700 million brought the overall value of projects awarded in the first seven months to over €1 billion — the target we had estimated for 2019 full-year,” said CEO Valerio Battista.