The cable, which links Guernsey to France via Jersey, failed in October 2018 and engineering works will soon enter the critical phase to install the new subsea cable to the electricity grid network at Havelet Bay.
Sharon Watchorn, project manager at Guernsey Electricity, said: ‘The drop in session is an opportunity for people to learn about the activity taking place and how it will impact those using the Havelet Bay area when the critical works begin. Our intention is to ensure that Islanders are fully informed about the works: why they are so critical and what roads and beach access points will be available.
‘Replacing the cable, which is being undertaken at an accelerated pace, is vital to ensure that Guernsey has full capacity access to the importation network to France which provides the Island with low carbon and renewable supplies of electricity. This is essential so that we can continue to reduce emissions on the island and Guernsey Electricity can ensure the infrastructure is in place to meet the future energy needs of our community and economy.
‘The works will be completed as quickly and safely as possible and Havelet Bay will be returned to its previous state once the cable is installed,’ added Mrs Watchorn.
The drop in session takes place at the Guernsey Yacht Club on Wednesday 4 September between 6-8pm. Guernsey Electricity representatives will be available to explain the project in detail and listen to any concerns.
Onshore works are needed as part of the project which will cause a number of closures.
Monday 29 July – Tuesday 19 November
- Restricted parking on the South Esplanade parallel to Havelet Bay slipway.
- The footpath parallel to Havelet Bay slipway will be closed, but the alternative pedestrian route will still be maintained.
- Havelet slipway will be closed. The beach will be accessible via the slipway on the opposite side of Havelet Bay.
Monday 2 September – Friday 1 November
- A section of the Havelet side of Castle Emplacement and a section of the South Esplanade next to the Albert Marina will be reduced to single lane traffic.
- The small access lane at the South Esplanade roundabout will be closed.
Wednesday 2 October – Friday 25 October
- Pedestrian access will be restricted during critical cable installation activities.
- The bus station will be reduced to single lane traffic.
- Restricted access to Havelet Bay at certain times, signs will clearly show where this is the case.