The subsea cable route is expected to be up to 170km long. The final length of the cable will depend on the findings of subsea surveys as well as ongoing consultation with key stakeholders. Initial cable route selection has centred on desk-based work and the assessment of known data and constraints. Environmental and technical constraints will be assessed and the route that offers the best solution to challenges identified while maintaining the shortest route solution will be chosen as the preferred route.
Subsea surveys are intended to take place in 2018 in order to identify constraints facing the subsea cable routes and enable a preferred option to be selected.
The results of the subsea surveys will not only aid the selection of the preferred cable route but also the appropriate installation and protection methods to be adopted.
Technical and environmental assessment
As part of the project development, a series of technical and environmental assessment studies are being carried out to establish the viability of all the proposed converter sites and cable routes and to consider any potential impacts and opportunities arising from the project development. Greenlink is a cross-border project and no adverse cross-border impacts are expected.
The developers of the Greenlink project strongly believe that a proactive and constructive dialogue with stakeholders, throughout the development programme, will result in a high quality and comprehensive application being submitted and delivered.