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Fundy Isles Transmission Power Line Project

 

The Fundy Isles Submarine Cables provide electricity to Deer Island,Campobello Island, and Grand Manan Island.  The original cables were installed in 1978 and are nearing or at the end of their useful life.

In order to maintain a reliable feed to the Fundy Isles NB Power is installing new cables between Deer Island and Campobello Island and between Campobello Island and Grand Manan Island.

The existing cable between Deer Island and Campobello Island failed in July of 2019 while the preparation work to install the new cables was underway. This cable has been taken out of service. Until a new cable between Deer Island and Campobello Island is installed and energized, NB Power has taken the steps to install temporary generators on Campobello and Grand Manan Islands. 

The installation of seven generators on Grand Manan and three on Campobello will assure that, in conjunction with NB Power’s permanent generator on the islands, there will always be a backup system available until the new subsea cables are energized.

The new cables will be arriving in August 2019 and installation will be carried out into September and October of 2019. The new cables will be rated higher than the existing to allow for the potential addition of future renewable energy projects.

The existing cables will remain in place for the foreseeable future. No decision with respect to their removal has been taken. We are currently assessing the different options.

 

Below is a timeline for the proposed project:

 

Project Activities Timelines

EIA Submission

January 2018

EIA Determination

September 2018

Cable Manufacture

December 2018 - June 2019

Land Based Work - HDD

March 2019 - July 2019

Land Based Work - Termination sites

October 2018 - October 2019

Cable Installation

August 2019

Cable Terminations

September - October 2019

In-Service Date

November 2019

 

On January 26, 2018 NB Power Corporation registered the project with the Department of the Environment and Local Government in accordance with Section 5(1) and Schedule “A” of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation – Clean Environment Act.