EuroAsia Interconnector Limited, the Project Developer of the European electricity interconnection project linking the national grids of Israel, Cyprus and Greece (Crete) has announced that Nexans has been selected as preferred bidder for the award of the supply and installation of the HVDC 500kV HVDC Mass Impregnated (MI) Cables for the 1000MW Cyprus – Greece (Crete) Link.

The EuroAsia Interconnector is a leading project of common interest (PCI) of the European Union. It consists of the electrical interconnection of the power systems of Cyprus-Greece (Crete) and Cyprus-Israel with direct current (DC) subsea cables and with HVDC converter stations at each connection point.  The link will have a total capacity at present stage of 1000MW with capability to increase to 2000MW.

The EuroAsia Interconnector will be the energy bridge between Asia and Europe, with a total length of 1,208km, and the link creates a reliable corridor for bidirectional transmission of electricity between Asia and Europe.

The EuroAsia Interconnector between Greece and Cyprus will be the longest and the deepest HVDC subsea cable project ever when realised, with bi-pole cables of 2×900 km and a water depth of 3,000m.

Christopher Guérin, CEO of Nexans, said: “We are excited to be the trusted, preferred bidder for the development of the EuroAsia Interconnector. At Nexans, we are at the forefront of a safer, sustainable, renewable, decarbonized electrification accessible to everyone – and we look forward to contributing to secure the electricity supply of the European Union and end energy isolation of all of its member states.”   

Image source: Courtesy of Nexans

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