Dow Wire & Cable Participates in U.K. Sustainable Power Cables Project

Dow Wire & Cable, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company and its affiliates (“Dow”), announced today that it has joined a multi-disciplinary project in the United Kingdom focused on the development of sustainable power cable material technologies. Through this project, Dow Wire & Cable aims to identify the next generation of plastic cable materials for the power generation industry, capable of delivering improved whole-life performance with a reduced environmental impact. Participation in this exciting project is an example of Dow’s commitment to meet its 2015 Sustainability Goals, which include aggressive targets for improvements in the company’s product stewardship.
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ABB wins $140-million transformers order from China

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $140 million to deliver transformers to the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) for a high-voltage power corridor that will strengthen the Chinese electricity network and help meet rising demand in the Shandong coastal region. The order was booked in the first quarter.
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Nexans wins 12 million Euro infield cable contract for Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm

Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has been awarded a 12 million Euro contract by the Norwegian Groups StatoilHydro ASA and Statkraft for the supply of 81 km of infield cables and equipment for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm. This major contract, which further reinforces Nexans’ position in the renewable energy sector, follows a 24 million Euro contract awarded in 2008 for the power export cables for the same wind farm project, located around 20 km offshore from the north Norfolk coastal town of Sheringham, England.
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Prysmian Verticasa™ Cable Leads the Way with Fibre to the Home (FTTH) in Andorra

Monday, Jan 12, 2009
Prysmian Cables & Systems today announced that its current contract with Andorra Telecom will help the Principality of Andorra to become the first country in the world to provide a direct optical fibre link to all homes (FTTH) and businesses. The project, which utilizes Prysmian’s innovative VertiCasa™ cable system, began earlier this year and by the time of its completion in 2010 all 35,000 homes and business premises will be connected by fibre providing them with ultra high speed broadband services.

The project is based around Prysmian’s VertiCasa™ cable system, which is designed specifically to bring optical fibre directly to residents in all types of buildings, including high-rise and multiple dwelling units (MDU). VertiCasa™ was chosen for the project due to the easy fibre access and break-out it provides, reducing installation times and the need for skilled labour, therefore lowering overall costs. The system comprises a main riser cable of up to 48 fibres, which can be branched directly to individual subscribers on different floors of an MDU, without the need for splicing of the fibre within the riser of the building.

Mr Jaume Salvat, CEO of Andorra Telecom said, “We are extremely proud to be implementing such a project here in Andorra. It demonstrates the commitment of Andorra Telecom to providing the best possible information infrastructure across the country and with the support of Prysmian and the VertiCasa™ system we will soon have all our citizens provided with a direct fibre link.”

Director of Prysmian’s global telecoms cable and optical fibre business, Mr Giovanni B Scotti added, “We are delighted to be working with Andorra Telecom on this groundbreaking project. The VertiCasa™ system was designed with the MDU environment in mind and is proving to be ideally suited to the infrastructure requirements here in Andorra.”

With the current global trend towards FTTH Prysmian has recently been involved in a number of other projects around the world including Europe, Middle East, Russia and China amongst others, utilizing VertiCasa™ together with other proprietary products from its FTTH portfolio including Sirocco® and Quickdraw®.

Prysmian

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 2007 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 36 countries, 54 plants in 21 countries, 7 Research & Development Centres in Europe, USA and South America, and over 12,000 employees. Specializing 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 be innovative on products and production processes, and the use of advanced proprietary technologies. Prysmian is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange Blue Chip index.

Andorra Telecom

ANDORRA TELECOM is constituted as a public law entity, with its own legal personality and autonomous organisation. The object of ANDORRA TELECOM is the management and exploitation, exclusively, in Andorran territory, of telecommunications services in general – fixed telephones, mobile telephones, data transmission, FTTH services, Internet and other auxiliary or supplementary telecommunicationservices – including matters referring to international communications. ANDORRA TELECOM is also responsible for managing the technical infrastructures and national broadcasting networks for radio and digital terrestrial television.

Scotland to embark on large cabling project

The Scottish government has lodged plans to create an underground cabling network between Lewis and the mainland. If the planning application, which was submitted by a subsidiary of Scottish & Southern Energy, is given the go ahead the island could become a future site for renewable energy. The cabling would run from Gravir, in South Lochs, underneath a salmon farm and out to sea via Loch Odhairn. It would end up in Inverness on the Scottish mainland and the multi-million pound undersea cable would carry electricity from Feiriosbhal wind farm.

Prysmian Awarded 140 million Euro Contract in Qatar for the Development of the First Ever High Voltage Submarine Link in the Country

Milan, September 8th 2008 – Prysmian, a worldwide leading Group in the sector of cables and systems for energy and telecommunications, has been awarded a strategic contract worth 140 million euro by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) for the development of the first ever submarine cable turnkey project serving Doha, the capital of Qatar. This new agreement follows the 168 million euro contract recently secured by a Prysmian led consortium for the construction of a high voltage underground cable system, and further confirms the strategic role Prysmian is playing in the Middle East as a major utilities partner for the current power transmission network expansion program. Among other projects, Prysmian is currently involved in the construction of the submarine power connection between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, with the GCCIA (Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority).
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Foster Wheeler USA Wins Coker Contract for BP Whiting Refinery in U.S.

Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced today that its subsidiary Foster Wheeler USA Corporation, part of its Global Engineering and Construction Group, has been awarded contracts by BP Products North America for the engineering, procurement and fabrication of a 102,000 barrels per stream day (bpsd) six-drum delayed coking unit and gas plant facilities at BP’s Whiting refinery in Indiana, U.S.
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