First Subsea Cable Ever Installed in Minas Passage (Canada)

After months of planning, mobilization and trials, the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) has successfully installed a data cable designed to connect to a recoverable underwater research platform – the first subsea cable ever installed in the Minas Passage.

“Today proves that we can be successful in the world’s highest tides,” said Tony Wright, FORCE’s director of marine operations. “The conditions were not optimal – we were working in a blizzard – but with good data, careful planning, and the expertise of a diverse, skilled team, we succeeded. It’s a big day for FORCE – we have a cable in the water.”

“Nova Scotia is committed to being a tidal energy leader – we have the resource, the regulatory certainty, and the feed-in tariffs to support its growth,” said Energy Minister Andrew Younger. “And now we’ve shown we have the people and ability to make it happen: to operate successfully in a tide as powerful as a hurricane.”

Over 30 personnel were directly involved in planning, mobilizing, surveying, and installing the cable. FORCE led a team that included Antigonish-based R.J. MacIsaac Construction (lead contractor for marine and onshore activity), the Halifax team of International Telecom (cable lay), and Dartmouth-based Seaforth Geosurveys (survey support).

“The Bay of Fundy is a challenging place to work – so it makes victory that much sweeter,” said FORCE Chair John Woods. “We couldn’t have done this without the support of our sponsors and partners. And a special thank you to the people of Parrsboro – they supported FORCE throughout this exercise.”

The cable installation is part of a $10 million research project to build the Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) Platform – a recoverable instrument platform designed to monitor and characterize the FORCE site. The data cable will allow continuous, real-time data transmission from the platform to shore.

Additionally, the cable installation provides valuable knowledge and experience in planning the deployment of four subsea power cables in 2014, which will connect tidal turbines to the FORCE shore facility and on to the power grid.

Press Release, December 18, 2013

 

Share this article

Follow Subsea World News

Events>

<< Apr 2020 >>
MTWTFSS
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 1 2 3

9th Annual Submarine Power Cable and Interconnection Forum

This year’s Advance Submarine Power Cable and Interconnection conference will focus on the cutting edge thinking that is emerging across…

read more >

The 24th Annual PNEC Conference & Exhibition

The 24th annual PNEC Conference and Exhibition  will bring together the industry thought leaders and technology providers that enable the management…

read more >

OWI APAC 2020

Over the two-day conference, 30 expert speakers will share exclusive insight to help drive well work efficiencies through innovative…

read more >

M&CCE Expo Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering 2020

This conferences, events, demos, and competitions provide a productive background buzz throughout M&CCE…

read more >