Hor­i­zon­tal drilling to start soon

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - NEWS - BY CHANTELLE MACISAAC chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

Hor­i­zon­tal di­rec­tional drilling is a steer­able drilling method used to in­stall un­der­ground pipes and cas­ings with­out hav­ing to trench.

It’s the method be­ing used by Emera’s Mar­itime Link Project. The res­i­dents of Cape Ray will soon start to see the con­struc­tion process for the drilling be­gin.

In late De­cem­ber, Di­rect Hor­i­zon­tal Drilling was awarded a land­fall drilling and cas­ing in­stal­la­tion con­tract.

Jeff Myrick, com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for Emera, said the drilling should start in mid-May.

Res­i­dents will see two ar­eas of ac­tiv­ity; one be­ing the sta­tion­ary work on the drilling pad and the sec­ond be­ing on­go­ing con­struc­tion of the road to the tran­si­tion com­pound, he said.

Drilling will run be­tween 45 and 75 days, 24 hours per day, de­pend­ing on drilling con­di­tions.

Through­out the win­ter months, other ar­eas of the project also pro­gressed as pre­dicted. A pause took place dur­ing the win­ter on the con­verter and sub­sta­tions, but work is ex­pected to re­sume early April.

At In­dian Head, the ground­ing sta­tion is pro­gress­ing, tree clear­ing is com­plete and the trans­mis­sion line con­struc­tion is un­der­way.

Man­u­fac­tur­ing on the first of the project’s two 170-kilo­me­tre sub­sea ca­bles be­gan in Ja­pan in 2015, and the sec­ond will be­gin this sum­mer in Nor­way by Emera’s con­trac­tor, Nex­ans.

Both are cur­rently on track for a 2017 com­ple­tion and in­stal­la­tion.

CHANTELLE MACISAAC PHOTO

Work on Emera’s Mar­itime Link Project is right on sched­ule

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