Undersea cable between Canada and Port Angeles gets permits, but project delayed

PORT ANGELES — A company proposing a high-voltage power cable between Victoria and Port Angeles has received two more permits.

But the project’s anticipated completion date has moved from August 2009 to mid-2010, said Paul Manson, president of Sea Breeze Power Corp., one of the partners.

“It’s an 18-month manufacturing and construction cycle,” he said. “We still have to complete the design and financing.

“There’s indications there will be commercial contracts this year, but I don’t want to nail down dates yet.”

Sea Breeze Pacific Juan de Fuca Cable LP, a partnership that includes Sea Breeze Power Corp., wants to build a 550-megawatt high-voltage direct current light transmission cable to deliver wind-generated electricity from Vancouver Island to Port Angeles.

The cable would be built underneath the Strait of Juan de Fuca at an estimated cost of $750 million.

High voltage direct current light is a variation of high voltage direct current that is being used in cables already in the Strait.

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