First 'net-zero' cable plant for Italian company

  KIRKKONUMMI - Italian Prysmian multinational Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, is taking a step forward on its path to improve the sustainability of its operations, by making its Finland submarine cable plant into a centre for excellence for green energy consumption. The Pikkala plant is strategic for the Prysmian Group because it is a centre of excellence for production of cables employed for land and submarine interconnections, for both onshore and offshore wind farms all over the world. 

  One hundred percent of energy used at Pikkala will be from certified renewable sources. The plant’s new on-site biomass heating system will cut its annual CO2 emissions using recycled wood from sources such as Prysmian’s own cable transport drums after they become unsuitable for industrial use. To further reduce CO2 emissions, in their race to be "net-zero", Pikkala’s corporate auto fleet is now completely made up of hybrid or electric vehicles, reflecting the Group’s overall targets. 

  Pikkala is responsible for the production of high-, medium- and low-voltage land and submarine cables for energy transition. It is one of Prysmian Group’s three submarine cable plants in Europe, along with Arco Felice (Naples) and Drammen (Norway). 

  “We are accelerating our commitment to de-carbonisation,” said Andrea Pirondini, Chief Operating Officer. “We aim to set science-based carbon reduction targets and will calculate supply-chain emissions along with those produced directly by the Group. In the meantime, we want to implement new circular energy systems in our plants like the one at Pikkala.” 

  Cables produced at Pikkala support the growing renewable energy industry in Europe and the United States by offering state-of-the-art technology. Pikkala has supplied cables for many European offshore wind farm projects including Helwin 1 and Helwin 2, Borwin 3, and Dolwin 3 and Dolwin 5, as well as many submarine interconnections like COBRA and IFA2. The plant will supply U.S. offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind with a submarine power cable system for a wind farm off the shore of Massachusetts. Prysmian Group is also leading the renewable energy market in Finland and is supplying cables for many onshore wind projects in the country. 

  Using renewable energy at Pikkala will help Prysmian Group meet several goals on its Sustainability Scorecard for 2022: to cut C02 emissions by 2-3%; to recycle as much as two thirds of its own waste; and to reuse 27% of its own drums. Starting from 2020 for the next three years, Prysmian will invest around 450 million euros to further improve the sustainability of its organisation and supply chain, and to accelerate the development of advanced cable technologies as well as assets and services. Energy consumption reduction, circularity and waste recyclability are key in Prysmian’s efforts. 

  Surveying and preparations for the on-site biomass heating system at the 500-person plant started in January 2021, with construction beginning in February. 

  “We are very pleased to be contributing to the circular economy with this new heating solution,” said Borjan Sehovac, CEO of Prysmian Finland. “Pikkala will be the Group’s very first net-zero plant, and this is a win-win solution: it has benefits for the environment while reducing the Group’s energy costs.”  

  Prysmian Group, with headquarters in Milan, is a world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With almost 140 years of experience, sales of over 11 billion euros, about 29,000 employees in over 50 countries and 106 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index. 

  With over one hundred years of experience, Prysmian Group offers the widest range of cables on the market in Finland. Prysmian Group Finland Oy has more than 500 employees and factories in Pikkala, Kirkkonummi and Rusko, Oulu. The Group has invested more than 100 million euro in Finnish production facilities and a global competence center for submarine cables has been built in Pikkala. Prysmian and Draka products have created a pioneering position for the company as a provider of high-tech cable solutions.