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FAB Link Cable Surveys Nearing Completion

 

Over the next few weeks Islanders will see the final stages of survey activities for the FAB Link interconnector cable.

The surveys, which started in September last year, form part of the detailed work required for the next stage of the project concerning cable design and installation.

A small survey vessel, MPR3, will undertake geotechnical surveys in the nearshore areas of Corblets and Longy Bays and an on-Island team will be doing a similar exercise on the beaches and onshore areas.

Declan Gaudion, Director of Alderney Renewable Energy Limited (ARE) and FAB Link Limited, said “the onshore works involve the digging of trial pits and boreholes in agreed locations to finally confirm the ground conditions at site.  All boreholes and pits will be backfilled immediately and all areas will be reinstated.”

Over the next few months all survey data will be analysed and reported on, which will help inform the options for cable routes. “When our plans are fully developed, we then aim to hold a series of meetings with interested members of the public in the summer so we can hear what people think about our proposals” he said.

FAB Link is a major international project which will see electricity flowing between France, Alderney and Britain and has a connection agreement planned for December 2020. This interconnector, as it is called, will be able to carry power generated in Britain to France and vice versa, helping to ensure security of supply in the UK and continental Europe.

In addition, it will route via Alderney in order to pick up electricity which will be generated by ARE’s tidal stream power plant that is proposed in the Island’s waters.  ARE, one of the partners in the FAB Link project, estimates that when complete, the tidal scheme will be able to generate enough electricity to power 1.8 million homes. 

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13th January 2016


Posted by ARE Communications Department on 13th January 2016