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Pirelli Hits 75,000km Opgw Milestone In China

Milan, 31 May 2005 -
Pirelli Telecom Cables & Systems has secured a contract in
China for the supply of an Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) cable system
which will take its total worldwide OPGW volume past the 75,000km
mark – almost enough cable to go twice around the world.

OPGW cable forms an integral part of an overhead electricity
network, performing both the primary function of a conventional
earth conductor together with the provision of a state-of-the-art
communications link thanks to the optical fibres contained
within.

The customer for this milestone project is the East China Power
Grid Corporation and the cable will form a part of the East China
Anhui Long Span OPGW network. Installation will be on the 500kV
transmission lines of ECPGC over a distance of 165km covering some
of the most difficult terrain in the region. A special section of
cable has been designed to perform the 2km crossing of the Yangzi
River with Pirelli also supplying all fittings and accessories for
the project. The cable – which will be produced at both Pirelli’s
new facility in Vilanova, Spain and also at its factory at Wuxi
near Shanghai – will bring to over 6,000 km the quantity of OPGW
which Pirelli has now installed in China, including a large
quantity recently installed as part of the prestigious Three Gorges
Project.

“OPGW remains a key part of the Pirelli product portfolio” said Mr
Giovanni B. Scotti, CEO of Pirelli Telecom Cables and Optical
Fibres. “We are delighted to reach this important point in the
product’s history. We have now installed OPGW in more than 60
countries around the world and are especially pleased that this
particular project has occurred in a country where we have such a
long tradition of supply”.