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    MMT awarded survey contract in Mediterranean

    Projects and Operations // December 5, 2011

    MMT has been contracted by Nexans Norway to carry out a pre-engineering marine survey of an 80m wide corridor between Qalet Marku in Malta and Marina di Ragusa in Sicily.

    The survey operation will be conducted by MMT's survey vessel Franklin. Franklin is fully equipped to perform marine surveys at depths of between 10m and 2,000m. The survey set-up aboard the vessel is optimal for the proposed survey area with a maximum water depth of 157m.

    Franklin will conduct all aspects of the offshore survey including the geophysical survey, geotechnical sampling and habitat mapping using a sub-bottom profiler, sidescan sonar, GNSS RTG, ROTV, multibeam echo sounder EM3002 and EM710.

    The geotechnical sampling and habitat mapping will be conducted using a gravity corer and ROV.

    Enemalta Corporation owns the 100km project for the HVAC Malta – Sicily Submarine Electrical Interconnector. The electrical interconnector has a nominal capacity of 200MW and is designed to provide Malta with its first power interconnection with mainland Europe.

    The interconnector will reduce the island’s reliance on local power generation and increase the security of electrical power supply. Nexans Norway has been awarded a turnkey contract which is commissioned by Enemalta Corporation.

    The interconnector will be operational in 2013 and ensure that no less than 200MW is continuously delivered to the all receiving ends in order to facilitate the import and export of power between Malta and Sicily.

    The subsea cable will run 100 km from Qalet-Marku in Malta to Marina di Ragusa on the coast of Sicily.


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