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Wind Farm 'Cable Pull' Happens This Week

Mon, 02/27/2023 - 11:02
Work in November on Beach Lane in Wainscott, along the onshore route for South Fork Wind's transmission cable, helped set the stage for the next phase of the project.
Durell Godfrey

South Fork Wind is scheduled to begin a sea-to-shore "cable pull" on Tuesday at the offshore wind project's landbound base on Beach Lane in Wainscott, signaling a critical new phase in the development of a 12-turbine offshore wind farm to be located about 30 miles east of Montauk.

A statement issued on Friday afternoon from the combined corporate agglomeration of South Fork Wind, Orsted, and Eversource relates that a cable-pull crew consisting of a cable-lay barge, a lift boat, support vessels and specialized divers are currently "mobilizing off Wainscott beach." 

Weather permitting, the cable will be pulled ashore through a previously installed conduit buried 80 feet below the beach. South Shore Wind notes that the work will take about 24 hours of continuous pulling to complete.

East Hampton Town Councilwoman Cate Rogers announced the cable pull during a recent East Hampton Town Board meeting and noted that once the cable-pull is initiated, it has to be completed -- hence the continuous 24-hour window, which may cause some overnight disruptions for residents.

Once the cable pull is complete, the cable lay and so-called "burial process" along the sea-bound cable corridor to the offshore wind farm will begin.

When complete, the wind farm project is expected to provide power for up to 70,000 Long Island households.

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