Hengtong has been awarded a contract by Rede Electrica Nacional, S.A. (REN), the operator of transmission grids in Portugal.

The contract calls for Hengtong to design, manufacture and install the submarine power cable systems for Portugal’s first pre-commercial floating offshore wind farm. The company will construct and install an 18-km, 150kV submarine cable connection in a challenging region that is prone to high winds and with complicated seabed and landing situations off the shore of coastal city of Viana do Castelo. It is the vital link for the WindFloat Atlantic project connecting it to the onshore grid.

The project includes several cutting-edge designs and is the first known pre-commercial floating offshore wind power project adopting “WindFloat” technology in the world. As a significant initiative in the new energy sector in Portugal, WindFloat Atlantic and its export subsea cable system are supported by various Portuguese government departments, including the Ministry of the Energy and the Ministry of the Sea, and companies such as Energias de Portugal (EDP), as well as EU Funds.

Mr. Li Ziwei, Executive President of Hengtong Energy Industry Group, stated, “The cable contract for connecting the WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind farm to the onshore grid is an important technological milestone for Hengtong as it marks our first project for a floating offshore wind farm. Hengtong will strive to provide our energy clients with end-to-end cable solutions for subsea cable systems, backed by excellent and high-standard engineering services. The European market is of strategic significance to Hengtong Group’s globalization. We understand it is the high-end market that requires high standards, thus, Hengtong will team up with some of the best local European companies to execute the project. [As] it is the first time that our client REN will be extending the grid network into the sea, this contract is based on the confidence and trust between our two companies. Hengtong extends its thanks to our client for their trust, and we are committed to developing long term relationships in Portugal and across Europe.”