Prysmian Group has signed a new framework agreement with Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE), France’s Transmission System Operator, confirming its role as a major partner of the French TSO in its plan of upgrading and developing national power girds.

Prysmian Group — which has been awarded the largest share of the agreement — will be responsible for supplying, jointing and testing some High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) cable systems for underground grid connections from 90 kV up to 400 kV. The framework agreement will cover the period 2021-2023, with two potential optional additional years. To support the upgrade of France’s power grids, Prysmian Group will leverage its French centres of manufacturing excellence, located in Gron and Montereau. These plants employ more than 1,400 people and are renowned for the production of high voltage cables and P-Laser technology.

By supplying high-performing, innovative and sustainable state-of-the-art cable-system solutions, Prysmian Group significantly contributes to the development of smarter and greener power grids, enabling the European Energy Transition, and building a more connected future.

This framework agreement confirms Prysmian Group’s primary role in supplying RTE with HV cable systems, consolidates their long-term and successful relationship and highlights once again RTE’s trust in Prysmian.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to play a key role in the upgrade of such a strategic infrastructure for our country, by making available our Made-in-France cable technology,” commented Laurent Tardif, CEO of Prysmian Group South Europe Region. “Based on our long-term partnership, over the last years Prysmian has already provided RTE with innovative, efficient and sustainable power transmission cable solutions, both submarine and terrestrial,” concluded Tardif. Prysmian Group’s projects include Fécamp, Courseulles-sur-Mer, St. Nazaire and Noirmoutier offshore wind farms; the IFA2 submarine interconnection linking the UK and France; the Piedmont-Savoy HVDC underground interconnection between Italy and France; and the INELFE underground interconnection (Baixas – Santa LLooggia), the first extruded 320 kV DC XLPE underground interconnection linking Spain and France.

Image source: Courtesy of Prysmian Group

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