Being an island country between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the Kingdom of Bahrain has a great need for interconnections. In the last few years, The Electricity and Water Authority of the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain (EWA), launched a strategic 400 kV transmission development program to improve its power grid. They awarded Prysmian Group a new contract worth around €80 million to develop a new 400 kV cable loop circuit as part of this development project.
The project which adds a crucial link to the infrastructure of the Kingdom of Bahrain and is the fi rst 400 kV XLPE submarine cable to be installed in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Region. The contract involves the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 400 kV AC power link, including a section of 400 kV XLPE submarine cable – a ‘fi rst’ in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.
Prysmian’s state-of–the-art plant in Pikkala, Finland, will produce the submarine cables; the land cables will be produced in Prysmian’s centre of excellence for extra high voltage land cables in Gron, France. Delivery and commissioning of the loop circuit is scheduled for completion in 2019.