Fulgor - Corinth plant – Greece

Located in Corinth, Greece, the Fulgor plant’s annual production capacity is 50,000Tn of cables and 120,000Tn of rods. Following the implementation of an approx. EUR 80 million investment plan, the plant is now one of the most advanced factories in the world and is focused on the production of high and extra high voltage submarine cables.

The plant can produce:

  • LV power cables
  • MV power cables
  • HV cables since 1995
  • Fibre optic submarine cables since 1992
  • Submarine MV cables since 1972
  • Upgraded for HV submarine cables (AC up to 400KV / DC up to 400kV)

In submarine cable production, Fulgor’s main strengths are:

  • Very long continuous lengths with or without the minimum number of factory joints
  • Direct loading from our own dock facilities in Corinth
  • Among the highest storage capacity for high voltage submarine cables

Fulgor plant carries out vertically integrated manufacturing of submarine cables.

Production phases:

  • In-house Rod Production for Cu and Al
  • Conductor Formation: Wire drawing from Cu / Al rod, Wire  enameling, Conductor stranding
  • Insulation
  • Degassing: The insulated cores are coiled on turn tables placed  inside the degassing chambers, during this process the chambers are heated and warm air recirculates until the degassing of the insulation is complete, thus removing all gaseous by- products
  • Pb & PE Sheathing: After degassing, the cores are covered first with semi-conductive water blocking tapes and by a Pb alloy sheath of a suitable composition and thickness to achieve radial protection against water penetration. The Pb sheath is applied with a continuous extrusion process and is followed by a semi-conductive PE sheath
  • Vertical Laying up: The cores are placed on turntables and are paid off upwards along the optical fibre units and control cables (if applicable), they then pass through the stranding die, the capstan and the bundled cable is coiled on the intermediate turntable. The line turntables have the largest capacity in order to carry the maximum length of power cores, to avoid or minimize the number of factory joints in the final cable.  If factory joints are required they are constructed for each core; this way, one core length is jointed to the core length that follows. Jointing takes place before the standing process and until the final cable length is achieved
  • Armouring: After laying up, various protective layers, such as steel wires, bitumen, PP yarns, etc are applied to the cable, mainly for mechanical protection. All the above layers are applied at the armouring line and the finished cable is collected on the final turntable
  • Storage: Intermediate and final storage of the HV submarine cables take place on turntables. The submarine cables are loaded from the final storage turntables through dedicated loading lines on to the turntables of cable-laying vessels, which arrive at Fulgor port
  • Quality Control: Testing takes place during all the above mentioned intermediate production phases and on the finished product. The plant is equipped to perform all required electrical and non-electrical testing as well as type testing and prequalification testing