FAB Link Cable Surveys Complete



Over the next week Islanders will see the final vessels to visit Alderney shores as part of the FAB Link interconnector cable survey.

Offshore and Onshore surveys which started in September last year, form part of the detailed work required for the next stage of the project concerning cable design and installation.

The Jackup survey vessel Haven Seariser 7 will undertake geotechnical surveys in the nearshore areas of Corblets and Longy Beaches. She will assisted by two tug support vessels who will position the Jackup and provide periodic crew transfers. It is anticipated that the operation will take about 3 – 4 days.

Declan Gaudion, Director of Alderney Renewable Energy (ARE) and FAB Link Limited, said “this marks the conclusion of all our survey work for FAB Link which has been a very significant piece of work for us and our partners. Over the next few months all survey data will be analysed and reported on, which will help inform the options for cable routes. When our plans are fully developed, we then aim to hold a series of meetings with interested members of the public so we can hear what people think about our proposals”.

FAB Link is a major international project which will see electricity flowing between France, Alderney and Britain and has a connection agreement planned for December 2020. This interconnector, as it is called, will be able to carry power generated in Britain to France and vice versa, helping to ensure security of supply in the UK and continental Europe.

In addition, it will route via Alderney in order to pick up electricity which will be generated by ARE’s tidal stream power plant that is proposed in the Island’s waters. ARE, one of the partners in the FAB Link project, estimates that when complete, the tidal scheme will be able to generate enough electricity to power 1.8 million homes. 


6th April 2016

Posted by ARE Communications Department on 6th April 2016