Nexans wins Maltese subsea power-cable contract

Cable company Nexans has been awarded an ambitious €178m turnkey contract by Enemalta, the state-owned energy authority in Malta, to design, manufacture, install and provide seabed protection of the new high-voltage AC submarine power link between Malta and Sicily.

The 100km subsea cable, with a capacity of 200MW, will provide Malta with its first power interconnection with mainland Europe, reducing the island’s reliance on local generation and increasing its security of electrical power supply.

Scheduled to be operational in 2013, the 220kV interconnector will provide the capability to deliver continuously at least 200MW at the receiving end in any direction, to allow the import and export of power between Malta and Sicily as required.

The subsea cable will run for 100km from Qalet-Marku in Malta to Marina di Ragusa on the coast of Sicily, where an additional 25km of underground cable will complete the connection to the Ragusa substation.