Running at 1,600 meters below the Mediterranean, Prysmian Group’s SA.PE.I submarine cable between Italy and Sardinia holds the world record for deepest installation. Now Prysmian is eyeing a new record – 3,000 meters -- thanks to a new cable with synthetic armour that is at least 30% lighter than steel.
“We want to arrive at 3,000 meters,” says Stefano Franchi Bononi, R&D Projects Director in Milan. “Not because we like the number, but because if you can lay cable at that depth, clients can do whatever route they want.”
This new cable with alternative armour material will debut in the Cyclades Islands in Greece, installed by the Cable Enterprise from the third quarter. This short-distance installation will provide on-hands experience for a longer-distance and more deeper link between Greece’s mainland and Crete in 2020. People like Stefano at Prysmian’s world-class R&D staff push boundaries and barriers every day, and not just for the thrill of doing something new. Their work gives the group its world leadership in high performance submarine and telecommunications cables.