MILAN, Italy -- New Brunswick Power Corp. (NB Power) announced it awarded a new contract worth €17 million to energy and telecom cable vendor Prysmian Group.
That's about $19.2 million (US), $25.5 million (Canadian) or €15 million (UK).
Called the Fundy Isles Project, the deal includes developing a new submarine cable link which will allow upgraded capacity of the existing submarine transmission system in the Passamaquoddy Region of the Bay of Fundy. The new power cable link will connect Deer Island, Campobello Island and Grand Manan Island to the mainland power grid in the Canadian province.
Prysmian Group will be responsible for the design, manufacture and installation of a 300 mm² 69 kV three-core submarine cable system with XLPE insulation for a total of 20 km. All submarine core cables will be produced at Prysmian's Centre of Excellence in Montereau, France; Prysmian's state-of-the-art factory in Nordenham, Germany, which became part of the company after the merger with General Cable, conduct cable armoring. The project is scheduled for completion by October 2019.
Under the design shared today, the first cable will run about 3.5 km from the Cable Riser Station at Chocolate Cove, on the east side of Deer Island, to a Cable Riser Station at Wilson's Beach, on the west side of Campobello Island in Canada. The second cable will traverse 16.5 km from the Cable Riser Station at Little Whale Cove, on the east side of Campobello Island to a Cable Riser Station at Long Eddy Point, on the north side of Grand Manan Island.
"This project is particularly challenging for Prysmian as the section where the installation activities will be performed presents the highest tides in the world, with very strong currents," said Raul Gil, Prysmian Group Submarine Business Director. "Moreover, the submarine route crosses an extensive fishing area, and this limits the time window that can be used for installation operations."
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