“Replacing the seven fluid-filled cables with three solid core cables will improve electric service and significantly reduce environmental impacts on the Sound,” said David H. Boguslawski, vice president - Transmission Business. “The cable is a key connection within the region’s electric transmission system and customers rely on its dependable operation.”
“We have worked closely with the shellfish and lobster industries in this region of the Sound to avoid interfering with their operations,” said Boguslawski. “The cables will be buried in the seabed along the existing transmission corridor that Connecticut Light & Power has operated in since 1970.”
Installation of the cables will be scheduled to avoid impacting the oyster beds and other commercial fishing activities and will begin only after approvals of the Connecticut Siting Council, Dept. of Environmental Protection and Army Corp. of Engineers. New submarine cable installation technologies will minimize disruption to the seabed during construction. The new cables could be in service by May 2003.
In recent years, when customer demands for electric power is high, the ability to instantaneously move power over the cables whenever the electric system is stressed has been extremely beneficial to Connecticut customers. As recently as Aug. 31, 2001, the existing cables delivered energy to southwest Connecticut averting a possible blackout to customers.
The existing cables, owned jointly by CL&P and the Long Island Power Authority, have experienced a number of outages in recent years, caused primarily by damage from boat anchors and other commercial activities in the 11-mile corridor. The replacement cables will be protected from damage because they will be buried approximately six feet into the seabed. This will enhance the reliability of power flows between Long Island and Connecticut.
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