Belgian firm Jan De Nul Group has entered into a contract to examine the feasibility and potential construction of a 1000km undersea export cable connecting Egypt to Europe. The agreement outlines Jan De Nul's responsibility to assess the financial and technical prerequisites for the interconnector, with anticipated construction set to commence in 2027.
As part of the study, Jan De Nul will delve into project financing, renewable power production, cable manufacturing, and cable installation. Additionally, the scope of the project involves identifying suitable partners to integrate the interconnector with existing power networks across Europe.
The envisioned interconnector aims to facilitate the transmission of over 2GW of solar and wind power from Egypt to Europe. Jan De Nul Offshore Energy director Philippe Hutse expressed satisfaction with the agreement, highlighting Egypt's recognition of the company's expertise in installing extensive export cables beneath the seabed.
Hutse emphasized the significance of their upcoming cable installation vessel, the Fleeming Jenkin, designed explicitly for projects of this nature, involving extended distances and substantial depths. The vessel's capabilities are expected to contribute to the successful execution of the interconnector project, aligning with Jan De Nul's commitment to advancing renewable energy infrastructure.
The contract signifies a pivotal step in the exploration of sustainable energy transmission solutions, showcasing the collaborative efforts between private enterprises and nations in advancing clean and efficient power connectivity.