TenneT has commissioned the cable companies Prysmian and N-Sea to service and maintain its German and Dutch North Sea cable systems – around 3,400 kilometres of offshore cable and 800 kilometres of nearshore cable. A corresponding cooperation agreement between the companies has now been signed in Bayreuth. The appointment is initially for three years.
Tim Meyerjürgens, COO of TenneT, says: “Offshore wind energy is a key lever for the energy transition to succeed. As the largest investor and operator of offshore grid connections, we at TenneT are aware of our responsible role. That is why we are not only investing in the mandatory offshore expansion but also in the long-term reliability of our cable systems at sea. We are pleased to have experienced partners at our side in this task with Prysmian and N-Sea.”
“We are pleased to make our comprehensive and effective asset management services for submarine cables available to TenneT and thus to contribute to the stability of the clean energy supply for German and Dutch households. This agreement is a further step in our longstanding, trusting cooperation with TenneT and confirms Prysmian as a reliable partner who can ensure a stable power supply,” says Hakan Ozmen, EVP Projects BU, Prysmian Group.
“N-Sea appreciates the confidence of TenneT and Prysmian in winning such a strategically important submarine cable maintenance contract. N-Sea has built a unique and dedicated submarine cable repair and maintenance team with a track record of success and specialised equipment to ensure flexible and rapid response, for example, in the event of a potential failure. This agreement fits perfectly with N-Sea’s long-term mission and vision to be an industry leader in subsea asset care. N-Sea looks forward to working with TenneT and will implement the agreement in a safe (“zero harm”) and efficient manner,” says Jack Wattel, Director Subsea Cables N-Sea.
Merger of two cable experts
With Prysmian and N-Sea, TenneT has signed two leading providers of offshore cable solutions. Specifically, the order provides for the monitoring, regular maintenance and, if necessary, repairs to the offshore cable systems operated by TenneT. Prysmian acts as the main contractor in this construct and can cover all potential application areas, especially in areas far from the coast, with its ocean-going fleet of ships. Cooperation partner N-Sea will primarily operate in the coastal area. Both companies can draw on many years of experience and a large portfolio of a wide variety of cable laying and repair units so that they can react flexibly and quickly in the event of a fault, for example. The cooperation agreement specifies fixed guarantee periods within which potential maintenance, servicing or repair work on the cable systems is to be carried out and completed.
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