Horizontal drilling for Maritime Link to start soon at Cape Ray

Published on April 4, 2016

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