Red Eléctrica de España has awarded Nexans with a contract worth around 50 million euros to manufacture and install a power cable that will connect the islands of Majorca and Menorca in Spain. The contract was signed only 20 days after the Spanish Council of Ministers granted administrative authorisation and declared it as a public utility project. The interconnection is due to be up and running in 2020.
The new underground and submarine 132 kV power cables, which will link up Majorca and Menorca, will be 68 kilometres in length and will be laid on the seabed at a maximum depth of 81 metres. The interconnection global project between Majorca and Menorca, which represents a total investment of 84 million euros, will strengthen the security and quality of supply on both islands and will allow greater integration of renewable energy under safe conditions for the system and a greater efficiency of the interconnected systems.
The subsea cable will be manufactured by Nexans Norway in its Halden facility while the underground cable will be produced by Nexans Benelux in Charleroi, Belgium. The fiber optic element will be delivered by Nexans Norway’s specialised unit in Rognan. The installation of the interconnector will be carried out using the specialised cable laying vessel, C/S Nexans Skagerrak.