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Classification : RINA to undertake Tunisia Interconnection marine feasibility

RINA, in JV with the Tunisian subsidiary Comete Engineering, has been awarded a public tender for the marine feasibility study for the 600MW Italy-Tunisia Interconnection issued by ELMED ÉTUDES SÀRL, a joint venture between Terna and Société Tunisienne de l’Électricité et du Gaz (STEG), the two companies which, respectively, manage the Italian and Tunisian electricity transmission grids, according to the company’s release.
The Italy-Tunisia electric Interconnection is an important project for two-way electricity transfer between the two countries. Stretching over 200km with land and sub-sea sections to a depth of 800m, the ‘invisible’ cable will add resilience to a power supply. The undersea connection is strategic for the two countries’ energy security and sustainability and for the creation of a Mediterranean electricity grid that connects North African countries with Europe, with a view to full market integrationRINA Classification Pioneers Remote Marine Surveys | IIMS.
The submarine survey project, which started in April 2021, and will run for one year, will identify two possible landfalls at either end of the interconnection, determining which are the best options in terms of geological and environmental aspects. It will also establish possible routes for the underwater section identifying and evaluating constraints and obstacles.
Initial landfall and route studies will be followed by topographic, nearshore, and offshore field surveys. Preliminary geophysical surveys will be followed by a detailed survey of the seabed using instruments mounted on remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs). The final stages of the project will cover seabed characterization at the Italian site, in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. RINA anticipates the fieldwork to take around 3-4 months.
RINA provides a wide range of services across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Real Estate & Infrastructure, Mobility, and Industry sectors. With net revenues in 2020 of 495 million Euros, over 4000 employees, and 200 offices in 70 countries worldwide, RINA is a member of key international organizations and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.

RINA and CRRC sign framework agreement


On another side, CRRC ZhuZhou Institute Co. (CRRC) and RINA have signed a Framework Agreement in Shanghai. Within the cooperation, we will support the development of new projects within the expanding marine business of CRRC, providing services related to quality certification, inspection, training, engineering design, ship equipment, technical consultation, market project cooperation, and noise and vibration reduction technologies.
CRRC has a strong background in the manufacturing of rail transit key equipment, technology for vibration and noise reduction and has powerful independent research & development, and innovation capability, that will be applied to the company’s marine key projects. RINA, among the world leaders in passenger’s vessels, will share with CRRC the highly specialized technical know-how of the field.
At the signing ceremony in our offices in Shanghai, Mario Moretti, RINA Asia Marine Senior Director, and Mr. Chen Jian, Deputy General Manager at CRRC expressed reciprocal high esteem and intention to further develop the cooperation in the future.

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