Planning permission has been granted for Guernsey Electricity to begin important preparatory activity beneath the promenade. The engineering, which is being carried out by Geomarine, takes place in June/July so the cable can be installed as efficiently as possible when delivered in October.
Sharon Watchorn, project manager at Guernsey Electricity, said: ‘Guernsey Electricity recognises Greve de Lecq is a very popular beach and by carrying out this particular phase of the work now, we hope to avoid the peak visitor season and school holidays and thereby cause as little disruption as possible.
‘We are also in dialogue with local businesses to understand the impact the activity will have on them and minimise this wherever possible. We are grateful for their understanding of the critical nature of the activity.’
The works are part of a significant capital project for Guernsey Electricity to reconnect Guernsey to the shared energy cable importing low carbon electricity from France. The link between Jersey and Guernsey failed in October 2018 and since then the company has been relying on electricity generated on-Island.
‘It is vital that Guernsey Electricity is able to reconnect to the cable to Jersey which is a shared Channel Islands’ Energy Grid asset. Significant investigations indicate the best opportunity is for the link with Jersey to be installed in October. By undertaking as much preparatory work as possible before the autumn, we will hopefully be in a position to reinstate Guernsey’s capacity for full importation of low carbon electricity by the end of 2019,’ added Mrs Watchorn.
The beach will remain open during the works, and all local businesses and attractions can be accessed easily with a small section of the promenade being closed to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Access will be from both Le Mont de Ste Marie and Mont de la Greve de Lecq and all car parks will be available as usual.
Works will take place between 9am and 5pm on weekdays with minimum disruption.