Power cable concerns addressed at meeting

Mitch MacDonald
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Maritime Electric spokeswoman Kim Griffin looks over maps with Borden-Carleton Mayor Dean Sexton.

Underwater power cables will not jeopardize future development of abandoned Strait Crossing  jetty

BORDEN-CARLETON – Underwater power cables will not jeopardize future development for a currently empty wharf with a lot of potential, a submarine cable engineer told residents here last night.

Waters became somewhat choppy between residents and a panel of engineers and Maritime Electric representatives when discussions came to the future of the Strait Crossing Inc. jetty during the town hall-style meeting.

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The meeting saw Maritime Electric update residents and seek feedback on the underwater cable project, as well as an expansion to the town’s substation.

It also saw Wally MacDonald of Marenco Engineering address residents’ previous concerns on whether large vessels, which would be too big for the jetty, would be able to anchor in the harbour without damaging the future cables.

MacDonald said that would be possible, although the town will not be able to dredge the harbour.

“We’ve looked into the jetty, and the problem . . . is it’s basically concrete boxes, you can’t dig beside them to make them any deeper because obviously they’d fall in,” said MacDonald “But any ship that can dock at the jetty can easily anchor the harbour.”

The jetty, which was used during construction of the Confederation Bridge, is currently unused, although it has “a lot of potential” said MacDonald.

He said it can accommodate vessels that draw up to six metres of water.

MacDonald said the only concern would be that larger vessels, which would want to transfer their passengers to the jetty, would have to contact Maritime Electric before anchoring in the harbour.

“We wouldn’t want to just say, 'go ahead throw an anchor', we’d want to talk to them first,” said MacDonald. “The big concern is that we wouldn’t want them to drop the anchor directly on the cable.”

The meeting also saw Maritime Electric present landscaping options around the substation expansion, which is necessary for the new cables.

About 25 residents were also able to raise their concerns regarding those options and provide feedback.

The company has also pushed back the date and method for the installation after being requested by residents and fishermen in the area.

Maritime Electric spokeswoman Kim Griffin said the company is now planning on installing the new cables in October.

She said feedback from the meeting will be discussed by the company and the town council.

Mayor Dean Sexton said he was pleased with how the meeting went and that the council would continue to work with Maritime Electric.

“We just wanted our concerns heard,” said Sexton. “This is the kind of meeting we wanted to have, where they could hear our concerns. I just wish more residents had come to the meeting.”


Organizations: Maritime Electric, Strait Crossing, Marenco Engineering

Geographic location: BORDEN-CARLETON

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  • jerry
    February 24, 2016 - 15:07

    What about the ferry pier too? The cable should be kept well away from both the SCI and ferry piers. It would cost dozens of millions to rebuild those piers in this day and age. Not to mention the breakwater. Jeopardizing the future use of these industrial sites due to this cable is shortsighted. For the sake of about 1 km of additional cable, make them land the cable at the foot of Amherst Cove Rd, where they can stay completely out of the harbour. They can tie into the transmission line in Carleton. Or make them land at the southern tip of Amherst Head (the SCI fabrication yard), again, staying out of the harbour.