Officials meet with National Grid on cable project

Town Manager Jim Kern and Facilities Manager Sam Bird recently met with representatives from National Grid to ensure that the project to rebury the two transmission cables attached to the Block Island Wind Farm stays on track.
The meeting, which took place on Thursday, March 12, “was basically just an update meeting. Nothing has changed,”  said Bird. The project is expected to begin in October and finish by May 2021. Bird said that National Grid has re-surveyed the ocean floor where the cable is buried and is tweaking its plans to rebury the cable based on new data.
There are two cables that need to be reburied. One is owned by National Grid and the other by Ørsted A/S, the company that now owns the Block Island Wind Farm. Bird said that the reburied section of the National Grid cable is about 1,800 feet off Town Beach in about 20 feet of water. The Ørsted cable section to be reburied is 3,000 feet from the beach and will be reburied about 30 feet down.
Bird said that adhering to the schedule was discussed and that May 2021 was still

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