Power agency will start laying new undersea cable


A cable-laying barge is scheduled to start work between Vank and Woronkofski islands the first week of July to replace a 3.5-mile section of the power line that connects Wrangell and Petersburg.

The undersea cable, which was installed in 1983, developed a fault in September 2019. The Southeast Alaska Power Agency has been working on plans and permits for the replacement project, which is estimated to cost almost $14 million.

Preparations are already underway, with crews about 60% finished with shoreside connection work on Vank and Woronkofski, Robert Siedman, SEAPA’s director of engineeri...

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