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Jan De Nul wins landmark HVDC submarine cable electrification project in Abu Dhabi

A Joint Venture of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Electricité de France (EDF), and Kyushu Electric Power Japan has awarded an HVDC cable installation and convertors package for the ADNOC-TAQA Lightning Project to a consortium composed of Jan De Nul Group and Samsung C&T, according to the company’s release.

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Jan De Nul will be in charge of the design, installation, burial, and protection of two cable clusters of almost 1,000 km in total, connecting the islands Al Ghallan and Das in the Arabian Gulf to the onshore converter stations at Al Mirfa and Shuweihat in Abu Dhabi (UAE).

The two cable links are part of the larger Subsea Transmission System (Lightning Project) of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), and will connect Abu Dhabi’s onshore electricity grid to all ADNOC’s offshore production facilities.

The package awarded to Jan De Nul and Samsung is currently the first-of-its-kind HVDC submarine cable project in the Middle East and MENA region. The consortium’s contract value is 3 billion USD of which is 725 million USD for Jan De Nul’s scope.

Submarine HVDC cable (Courtesy of Nexans Norway AS). | Download Scientific Diagram

The first cable cluster, connecting Das Island to shore, comprises three 400 kV subsea cables of 135 km each. The second cluster, connecting Al Ghallan island to shore, concerns four 320 kV submarine cables of 125 km each. The commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2025.

Jan De Nul has a proven track record of installing subsea cables in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Greece, Taiwan, the USA, Mexico, and others.

With this strategic project, ADNOC and TAQA plan to significantly decarbonize ADNOC’s offshore production operations. Both parties have joined forces to support the United Arab Emirates in their net-zero targets.

The Lightning Project will replace the existing offshore turbine generators with cleaner and more sustainable onshore power sources from Abu Dhabi, such as solar panels and local nuclear power. This will reduce the carbon footprint of ADNOC’s offshore facilities by more than 30 percent.

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