Jan De Nul Group, a world leader in maritime infrastructure, dredging, civil engineering and environmental works, has won a landmark contract to install and electrify a submarine cable in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The consortium will be led by Jan De Nul and Samsung C&T, and was awarded by a company formed by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Electricité de France (EDF) and Kyushu Electric Power Japan.
Jan De Nul will be in charge of the design, installation, burial and protection of two sets of cables totaling almost 1,000 km, which will connect the Al Ghallan and Das islands in the Arabian Gulf with the onshore converter stations at Al Mirfa and Shuweihat in Abu Dhabi.
The two cable links are part of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC) larger Subsea Transmission System, called Project Lightning, and Abu Dhabi National Power Company (TAQA), which will connect the onshore power grid in this major city to all of ADNOC's offshore facilities.
The package awarded to Jan De Nul and Samsung is currently the first HVDC subsea cable project of its kind in the Middle East and MENA region. The consortium's contract value is $3 billion, of which $725 million is the company's scope.
The first group of cables, connecting Das Island to the coast, comprises three 400 kV submarine cables of 135 km each. The second group, connecting Al Ghallan Island to the coast, involves four 320 kV submarine cables of 125 km each. The project is scheduled for commissioning in 2025.
Jan De Nul has a proven track record of installing submarine cables in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Greece, Taiwan, USA, Mexico and others. Thus, once again the company reaffirms its enormous technical capacity, thanks to the equipment, experience and commitment to successfully complete large-scale projects, as in this case.
The Belgian family-owned company is present in more than 150 countries. It is a world leader in maritime infrastructure, dredging, civil engineering and environmental works. It has more than 7,000 employees worldwide. It has been operating in Argentina for 25 years and employs 500 professionals.