Maritime Electric, NB Power taking $100 million submarine cable project proposal to open house sessions in P.E.I., N.B.
Islanders will get a chance to review the proposed power cable project to the mainland on July 27.
Maritime Electric and NB Power are holding an open house in Borden-Carleton from 2-8 p.m. where the public can review and discuss the proposed installation of two submarine cables between Borden-Carleton, P.E.I., and Cape Tormentine, N.B.
The open house takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion on Main Street.
The project includes approximately 60 kilometres of new transmission line construction between Cape Tormentine and Memramcook in New Brunswick.
A substation at Borden-Carleton is also being proposed.
Officials will be on site to discuss various aspects of the proposed project and answer questions. The public can also call toll free 1-800-670-1012.
The entire project is expected to cost $100 million, split in half between the federal and provincial governments.
Two open house sessions will be held this week in New Brunswick, one in Memramcook and the other in Cape Tormentine.
“The proposed submarine cable that we’re proposing is the old ferry route,’’ said Kim Griffin, spokeswoman for Maritime Electric, referring to the Marine Atlantic operation that existed between P.E.I. and New Brunswick until 1997 when the Confederation Bridge opened.
Griffin said the open houses will feature representatives from both provincial utilities as well as environmental consultants.
All input received in the open houses will go into a report and further public meetings are likely.
“It’s a massive project and it’s an important project . . . it’s really important if people have concerns that we know about them so we can address them.’’
The Opposition recently suggested in the P.E.I. legislature that it makes more sense to attach the cables to the Confederation Bridge, for environmental and ease-of-maintenance purposes.
However, Premier Wade MacLauchlan says the federal government, which takes over ownership of the bridge in 2032, doesn’t like that option. In 2011, engineers cited concerns that attaching power cables to the bridge could cause the structure’s rebar, which holds the bridge together, to corrode.