TODAY'S UPDATE: Cable connects island to wind farm

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:30pm

Deepwater Wind, the wind energy developer that is constructing the Block Island Wind farm, has completed installation of its submarine export cable from the Town Beach to the wind farm site. The installation of the export cable means that Block Island is now connected to the wind farm. 

That information was confirmed by Meaghan Wims, spokeperson for Deepwater WInd, on Friday, May 27, when she told The Block Island Times that, "The export cable from Block Island was pulled successfully into jacket number one last night. The cable lay barge (CLB Big Max) is now on its way to begin installation of the Sea2Shore line."

By noting the "Sea2Shore line," Wims is referring to National Grid's 20-mile long submarine cable that will connect the island to the mainland at Scarborough Beach. The deadline for National Grid to complete installation of its cable at the Town Beach is June 21.    

As for Deepwater Wind reaching the milestone of linking the wind farm to the island, Wims said, "We’re pleased with the continued steady progress on the project — this milestone is just one of the many ahead for this construction season."