Wind farm cables to be lengthened for reburial

During a hearing before the State Senate’s Special Task Force on Fisheries, Coastal Resources Management Council Executive Director Grover Fugate affirmed that the resolution to the exposed cable issues at Crescent Beach will be to splice in new sections of cable. The new sections of cable will be anywhere from 100 feet to up to a half mile in length in order to rebury the cable at the depth it was originally supposed to have been installed, Fugate said during testimony.
The hearing was held Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Rhode Island State House. The Task Force is chaired by Sen. Sue Sosnowski, who represents Block Island.
“The problem now is there is not enough flex in the line to drop in a trench,” said Fugate. There have been exposure issues with two cables, one of which is now owned by Ørsted A/S (once Deepwater Wind) and the other by National Grid. In total, there is about 100 feet of exposed cable beginning approximately 200 feet from the shoreline at Crescent Beach.
Fugate gave the senators a brief history of how the cables came to be exposed. At first, Fugate

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