Prysmian Group, an Italian cable manufacturer leading the global HVDC cable market, has been awarded a cable work contract worth €60 Million by the EPC consortium of Samsung C&T and Jan De Nul Group for the LIGHTNING PROJECT. Prysmian will design, supply, and install the 134 km of HVDC submarine cable from the Al Mirfa onshore converter station to ADNOC’s offshore facility at Al Ghallan. The LIGHTNING PROJECT is the UAE’s first HVDC project, and it is intended to replace ADNOC’s current offshore power with a green onshore power source, lowering environmental effects and carbon emissions while also helping the company’s goal of decarbonizing its offshore production operations. Following the deployment of offshore and onshore HVDC-VSC converter stations by Hitachi Energy, the cabling work will be completed by 2025. In terms of the HVDC cable suppliers’ market in the Middle East, Prysmian Group is leading the regional market followed by Nexans. The Middle Eastern HVDC market is primarily driven by long-distance HVDC interconnections such as the KSA – Egypt HVDC Link (3000 MW), LEG1 (200 MW), and Saudi Arabia – Jordan HVDC (1000 MW), which are designed to exchange electric power to meet the increasing demand for electric power in a certain region by harnessing green electric power potential. However, Middle Eastern nations have shown strong intentions toward a green energy transition, such as KSA (50%), UAE (50%), and Oman (20%), by 2050. These ongoing efforts to achieve carbon neutrality targets will necessitate the use of HVDC systems to transmit electric power over long distances, as well as the integration of intermittent renewables such as offshore wind to the onshore grid network at a lower cost and with fewer power losses than traditional AC transmission.
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