The contract is worth $33.4m and includes the supply and installation of the cables.

Prysmian will provide 22 kilometres of 400 kV cable and 20km of 220 kV. The first cable connection is expected to be made by the end of 2008. The project should be completed in 2010.

In January, the US’ GE won the $490m contract to build a 2,000MW gas-fired power plant at the Taweelah site.

The first phase of Emal’s smelter will have an aluminium production capacity of 700,000 tonnes a year (t/y), but total planned capacity is 1.4 million t/y. This will make it the biggest aluminium smelter in the world.