Post-installation cable survey begins

Work to run from May 30 to June 11
Tue, 05/30/2017 - 10:45am

National Grid has begun conducting a 13-day survey of its sea2shore submarine cable that connects Block Island to the mainland. The utility’s cable, which is a component of the Block Island Wind Farm, and embedded beneath the seafloor for approximately 20-miles from Scarborough Beach to the Town Beach, has the capacity to deliver electricity to and from the island.

The following is a message sent to The Times by Michael Masseur, a spokesman for National Grid:

“National Grid is scheduled to commence a post-installation marine survey, which is a requirement of our approvals, along the entirety of the sea2shore cable between Scarborough State Beach to Crescent Beach. The work is scheduled to begin today (May 30) and extend until Sunday, June 11 (weather dependent). The marine survey work will involve one research vessel towing a survey instrument mounted on a sled.  The sled will be towed along the seafloor over the submarine cable in a manner parallel to the cable in increments spaced approximately 1 kilometer apart. We do not anticipate any significant disruptions to marine traffic in the area while the survey is being completed.”

Learn more about this story in this week’s edition of The Block Island Times.