World’s longest subsea power cable planned

A subsea power cable, the world’s longest at about 820 nautical miles long is planned to link Europe with Israel, whose generators will be powered by gas found in the eastern Mediterranean.

The cable which will run from Israel and connect with Greece via Cyprus, Crete could have its first phase completed by 2017, say project managers.

A budget of 3.5 billion euros will cover 250 power and gas projects which are intended to lessen the need for importing Russian gas and to create a single European energy market.

“The demand for electricity in Europe is phenomenal… we think that in the future even a second cable might be required,” said Nasos Ktorides, chairman of PPC-Quantum Energy, a joint venture of Cyprus’ Quantum Energy and Greece’s Public Power Corporation.

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