Util­ity takes charge

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Mar­itime Elec­tric de­serves credit for tak­ing charge of the un­der­wa­ter power ca­ble file and mov­ing for­ward with the key in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject that is so vi­tal for Prince Ed­ward Is­land. The util­ity has long warned that the ex­ist­ing sub­ma­rine cables are at the end of their life­span and elec­tric­ity sup­ply to the prov­ince might be jeop­ar­dized with­out the added ca­pac­ity. The com­pany pushed for­ward af­ter gov­ern­ments talked and stalled for years.

Ottawa fi­nally came on board early last year and the prov­ince is com­mit­ted to cost-shar­ing the huge pro­ject val­ued at well over $100 mil­lion.

The an­nounce­ment last week that the ca­ble sup­ply con­tract was awarded to a South Korean com­pany and a $6 mil­lion down pay­ment was paid is good news. The cables had to be or­dered last fall so the de­liv­ery date of the $54 mil­lion con­tract could be met. In­stal­la­tion be­gins this fall ad­ja­cent to the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge.

An en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view is still on­go­ing but there shouldn’t be any ma­jor is­sues. And if there are con­cerns, then the com­pany should be able to ad­dress them. We’ve had cables laid be­fore and th­ese new ones are safer be­cause they don’t have oil in­su­la­tion. The dan­ger of leaks won’t be a fac­tor.

“If you have a boy on the job you have half a man, but if you have two boys you have noth­ing.” Over­heard on the Is­land — From the col­lec­tion of Is­land au­thor David Weale, dweale@pei.sym­pa­tico.ca

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