Milan, 26 September 2007 – Prysmian Cables & Systems, a world leader in the energy and telecommunications cables and systems industry, has been awarded a contract  for the design, supply and construction of a high voltage DC submarine link between the electricity grids of the Iberian peninsula and the island of Majorca (Balearic archipelago) on behalf of Red Electrica de España (REE).

The entire project, named COMETA (COnección MEditerránea Transporte Alta tensión) has been assigned to a consortium between Prysmian and Nexans. The value of the Prysmian portion of the project is worth 118.7 million euro. Working with Nexans, Prysmian will provide a turnkey system including the engineering, production and laying of two 250 kV DC cable terminals, comprising 240km of submarine cable and 7 km of land cable, with a total transmission capacity of 400 MW.

Prysmian will produce and lay one of the two paper insulated high voltage cables and the medium voltage return cable which, together with the cables Nexans is to produce and lay, will form the link between the Sagunto (mainland) and Santa Ponza (island of Majorca) sub-stations.

The COMETA project is of strategic importance for the development of Spain’s national energy transmission network, and will link the biggest island in the Balearic archipelago (Majorca) with the mainland, providing access to generating capacities available on the peninsula. This will help to address growing energy requirements on the island.

Prysmian will install the high voltage submarine cable, the medium voltage return cable and the optical fibre data transmission cable with its own cable-laying ship, Giulio Verne. Given the length of the cable link, the laying process will be split into two stages with the return cable and the optical cable bundles laid first followed by the high voltage cable. Both the submarine and land cables required for the link will be produced by the Italian Arco Felice plant (Naples). The project is scheduled for completion by spring  2011.

PANDUIT Research Predicts Accelerated Adoption of Power over Ethernet (PoE) Applications in 2008

Today in manufacturing news we release a press article from PANDUIT about its latest research paper.  For full article please read on:PANDUIT Research Predicts Accelerated Adoption of Power over Ethernet (PoE) Applications in 2008


PANDUIT, a global supplier of electrical and network solutions, today released its latest research paper, ’Applications driving the adoption of Power over Ethernet’. The paper highlights the benefits of Power over Ethernet (PoE), which include significantly reduced installation costs, centralised management of assets and the opportunity to greatly reduce power consumption within a company’s facilities and that these benefits have gained widespread recognition and are driving development of new applications and demand for PoE enabling technologies.


Alan Farrimond, managing director PANDUIT EMEA, commented, “Increased customer demand for PoE solutions indicates that the advantages of the technology are finally receiving the market recognition they deserve. PoE enabled applications currently available include, VoIP telephony, wireless access points and IP surveillance. The availability of new and more advanced PoE applications will further drive market demand. The task of PANDUIT is to continue to enable current and future generations of PoE applications with complete structured cabling infrastructure.”


David Palmer Stevens, PoE Solutions Manager at PANDUIT, said, “Where previously all peripheral network devices needed to be installed within reach of an AC mains outlet, now they don’t. This has hugely simplified installation and removed the need for a layer of additional hardware. These factors have driven out as much as 80% of the cost of installations. With the ability to centrally manage power usage through the IP network and the development of increasingly power efficient devices, the ongoing cost savings in terms of electricity bills could reach as much 94% for some devices within the next 15 months.”


“Applications are being further developed to take better advantage of this and the next generation PoE standards, which will raise available wattage from 15W to 30W. New applications include thin client computers with low-energy white LED screens. With regular PCs drawing in the region of 350W and these low energy PCs predicted to draw just 20W, we expect their commercial availability in 2008 to further accelerate adoption of PoE. Other areas of PoE application innovation include, motorised network cameras, IP telephony videophones, RFID readers and access-control systems.”


With over 60,000 electrical and network products in its portfolio, including a full range of PoE structured cabling solutions, and 10% of revenue invested into R&D, PANDUIT is well placed to support this and next generation applications.


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PANDUIT is a leading, world-class developer and provider of innovative networking and electrical solutions. For more than 50 years, PANDUIT has engineered and manufactured end-to-end solutions that assist our customers in the deployment of the latest technologies. Our global expertise and strong industry relationships make PANDUIT a valuable and trusted partner dedicated to delivering technology-driven solutions and unmatched service.

Through our commitment to innovation, quality and service, PANDUIT creates competitive advantages to earn customer preference

Borealis opens new sales office in Mexico to serve the local wire and cable market

Today in manufacturing news we feature a press article from Borealis an dhow they are opening a new sales office in Mexico.  For full press details please read on:

Borealis opens new sales office in Mexico to serve the local wire and cable market

Borealis, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, has opened a new sales office in Mexico City. This new office reflects Borealis’ commitment to serve the wire and cable market in Mexico better by combining innovative product offering with high quality local sales and technical support. With a growing economy and increasingly young population, the Mexican government is currently investing in infrastructure networks for power and communication services. Hans Christian Ambjerg, Vice President Borealis Business Unit Wire and Cable, comments: “Borealis aims to create innovative solutions that bring real value to the customer. By opening an office in Mexico, we will strengthen our sales and service network and we will improve our ability to meet and understand the needs of our local customers better.” Borealis, the world leader in this market segment, offers a wide range of innovative solutions for the wire and cable market. Applications include high, medium and low voltage energy transmission and distribution cables, building and automotive wires, and data and communication cables.

Lapp´s OLFLEX cable range gets international approval

Today in our manufacturing news we feature a press release from the global giant Lapp and their annoucement about their international approval for OLFLEX connection and control cable.  For full press details please read on:

Lapp´s OLFLEX cable range gets international approval


Leading cable solutions provider, Lapp Group announces achievement of a wide range of international approvals for its ÖLFLEX® connection and control cables. The ÖLFLEX CLASSIC 130 H now has UL AWM certification for use in USA and Canada and fire testing approval to VW-1.


The ÖLFLEX CONTROL M and TM machinery installation cables, are MTW-listed (Machine Tool Wire) and hence are now approved for the North American market. AWG conductors adapted to metric sizes also allow CE-conformity for use in Europe. The cable has also been NOM-listed (Norma Oficial Mexicana) for Mexico.


Several Lapp cables have been certified for the Chinese market: The ÖLFLEX 140 control cable with increased oil resistance and the internationally approved ÖLFLEX 150 QUATTRO control cable with its screened variants 140 CY and 150 CY QUATTRO, now also have the important China Compulsory Certification (CCC). Applications include machine and plant construction, machine tools, conveyor units, conveyor belts and assembly lines.


Matt Ansell, Marketing manager of Lapp Group comments, “Lapp Group is a global business and international approvals are increasingly important to our customers involved in export projects. These approvals mean that specifying a Lapp cable in any industrial system ensures worldwide support and global logistics.”

Africa´s investments in undersea cable hit US$1.4 billion

Today in manufacturing news we feature a press release about the continued investment by Africa in it’s undersea cable.  For full press details please read on:

Africa´s investments in undersea cable hit US$1.4 billion


Investments by African firms in undersea telecoms transmission cables have reached a total just over $1.4 billion.The new figure was reached following the announcement by a Nigerian firm, Mainstreet Technologies, that it would build its own undersea cable at a cost of $300 million.The project is conceived as a rival to SAT-3, a transatlantic transmission system sponsored mainly by telecoms firms led by Telkom of South Africa. The latest project, called MaIN OnE, is coming on the heels of four others, namely Glo-1, which is estimated to cost $150mn; the East African Submarine System, $200mn; and the East African Marine System, $150mn. However, the $600 million investment in the SAT-3 fiber optic cable that runs from Portugal to South Africa, and moves out across the Indian Ocean to Asia, is still the highest so far in the continent.

Talisman Energy produces first oil from Duart field in North Sea

 Today in project news we feature a press article from Talisman who have started to production from its Duart Field in teh North Sea two months ahead of schedule.  For full press details please read on:

Talisman Energy produces first oil from Duart field in North Sea


Talisman Energy Inc., a major Canadian-based international oil operator, says it has begun production from its Duart field in the North Sea about two months ahead of schedule. Talisman said Friday initial production rates are expected to surpass 6,000 barrels of oil a day from the field, discovered in 1988 and located 186 kilometres northeast of Aberdeen, Scotland. The field is about eight kilometres from the Tartan production platform and oil will be shipped by tanker to market using the Flotta export system. “The field is an integral part of Talisman’s plans to prolong the life of both the Tartan platform and the Flotta export system,” the Calgary company said in a release. Talisman’s British unit operates the Duart field and has a 50 per cent stake in the project, with the remaining 50 per cent owned by a subsidiary of Nexen, also of Calgary.


Talisman Energy has natural gas operations in Canada and oil and gas businesses in the North Sea, Southeast Asia, Australia, North Africa, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

Prysmian News – Prysmian Secures New Major Energy Cable Contracts in USA

Today we released another press article from Prysmian, who are announcing two new major project awards in the USA.  For full press details please read on:


Prysmian Secures New Major Energy Cable Contracts in USA

Two Major High Voltage Cable Projects in Connecticut

A Five Year Medium Voltage Cable Contract with IRBY Electric in New Mexico

Milan, 20 September 2007 – Prysmian Cables & Systems, a world leader in the energy and telecommunications cables and systems industry, has been awarded new major energy cable contracts in USA, strengthening its  leading position in the North American energy cables’ market, particularly in the high voltage segment. In 2006 North America represented 17% of the total Prysmian group’s sales, amounting to over 5 billion euro. Prysmian can rely on four production plants in North America, two in the USA (Abbeville and Lexington) and two in Canada (St. Jean and Prescott).  

Two major Underground High Voltage Cables projects in Connecticut The Northeast Utilities Service Company has awarded Prysmian The Glenbrook Cables/Middletown-Norwalk 115kV underground high voltage cable project that requires in excess of 17 miles of XLPE insulated cable.  The United Illuminating Company and Northeast Utilities Services Company have each awarded Prysmian contracts to furnish, design and install part of the 24-mile Middletown-Norwalk 345kV project, a joint effort of the two Connecticut utility companies to construct the largest XLPE installation of its class in North America.  With these new assignments Prysmian will strengthen its relationship with two of the preeminent utilities in North America taking a major role in the construction of the new High Voltage transmission network in Connecticut. Prysmian’s North American High Voltage Systems installation group will oversee installation and engineering services for the projects. The company plans to use its affiliate’s manufacturing expertise to provide cable from state-of-the-art facilities in Gron, France and Pikkala, Finland. Prysmian’s affiliates in the Netherlands and Italy will provide cable accessories. 

A 33.5 million dollar Medium Voltage Cable contract in New Mexico

A 33.5 million dollar contract has been signed with Irby Electric, a Sonepar Company for PNM Resources, for the supply of the Medium Voltage Cable to Public Service of New Mexico and Texas – New Mexico Power Company. This is a five year Medium Voltage Cable contract with PNM including a state of the art, internet based cable management program. This contract reinforces Prysmian’s geographic position in the New Mexico area and expands the existing product portfolio with PNM Resources. PNM is the New Mexico’s largest electricity and natural gas provider, serving nearly 487,000 electricity customers and 490,000 natural gas customers in approximately 100 communities state-wide and also selling electricity on the wholesale market.  


A leading player in the industry of high-technology cables and systems for energy and telecommunication, the Prysmian Group is a truly global company with sales exceeding 5 billion euro in 2006 and a strong position in higher-added value market segments. With its two business, Energy Cables & Systems (submarine and underground cables for power transmission and distribution, for industrial applications and for the distribution of electricity to residential and commercial buildings) and Telecom Cables & Systems (optical cables and fibres and copper cables for video, data and voice transmission), Prysmian boasts a global presence with subsidiaries in 35 countries, 55 plants in 21 countries, 7 Research & Development Centres in Europe, USA and South America, and over 12,000 employees. Specialising in the development of products and systems designed to meet clients’ specific requirements, Prysmian’s key strengths include: a focus on Research & Development, the capacity to innovative on products and production processes, and the use of advanced proprietary technologies. Prysmian is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange Blue Chip index. 

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