Prysmian Group says it has received a contract to supply TIM CELULAR S.A. Brasil, a subsidiary of TIM Brasil S.A., with more than 1,200 km of optical ground wire (OPGW) telecommunication cables. The cables will be installed on the Tucuruí–Macapá–Manaus transmission line as part of the “LT Amazonas” infrastructural modernization project.
The 1,800-km Tucuruí-Macapá-Manaus line, also known as “The Big Line,” runs along the left bank of the Amazon River. It supports Brazil’s electricity system in the north by connecting the capital cities of the Amazon and Amapá regions to Brazil’s second largest hydroelectric plant, located in Tucuruí. The new connection will comprise seven transmission lines and eight substations at an overall investment of more than $1.68 billion.
Prysmian will manufacture the overhead OPGW cables at its Brazilian Sorocaba plant. The cables, which will contain 36 optical fiber, offer protection against lightning and fault currents as well as communications capabilities.
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