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UnderSea Fibre Optic Cable Installation (149893)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Jean-Francois Bouchard
Company: Department of Community and Government Services, Government of Nunavut
Schedule:
Start Date: 2025-06-01
End Date: 2050-06-01
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The proposed new state-of-the-art Undersea Fibre Optic Cable Installation Project will connect Iqaluit, Nunavut, to Milton, Newfoundland. The installation will include the capability to connect to northern Baffin Island and western Hudson Bay in the future. Approximately 2,500km of fibre optic cable will be installed including all submarine and cable landing infrastructure including a new cable station to be installed near Apex, the fibre optical cable, powered repeaters, line terminating equipment, power-feeding equipment, and monitoring equipment. Internet providers in Nunavut will then have access to high speed connectivity for distribution to their customers. To protect habitats in the intertidal and shallow subtidal zones, and to protect the cable from seasonal sea bottom ice scour, Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) will be employed at the Iqaluit landing site to install the cable approximately 10 to 30 m beneath the intertidal and shallow subtidal areas to a pre-determined offshore punch out location in Koojesse Inlet. Approximately 42% of the undersea fibre optic cable system extending from Iqaluit, through Frobisher Bay, the eastern Hudson Strait, Labrador Sea and north Atlantic areas to Milton, NL, is expected to require burial to protect the cable from known commercial bottom-fishing activities, ship anchors and potential ice scour (due to icebergs). The burial depth required to provide protection is greatly influenced by the seabed material. Silt materials that are easily penetrated require deeper cable burial to protect the cable from external aggression, while harder seabed provide adequate protection requiring less burial depth. Burial of the cable will be accomplished with a sea plow towed slowly (0.6–1.5 km/hr) (0.3–0.8 knots) by the cable ship. As the plow is towed, the blade and inclined cutting disk lift a wedge of substrate, the cable is laid in the trench, and the substrate wedge is dropped back into the trench. The target cable burial for sections of planned offshore burial is typically 1 to 1.5 m, subject to the geophysical nature of the seabed. In areas of critical burial, where a survey identifies that a sea plow will not be able to trench the seabed to provide the required cable protection (i.e., in rock), a rock trenching tool (typically with a chain-cutter that 'chews' the substrate) may be deployed to pre-trench for the cable installation. Subsequently, if necessary, a Post Lay Inspection and Burial (PLIB) operation may be conducted to inspect the proper laying and burial of the cable in the seabed. This operation is typically carried out by a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) with a jetting tool. The jetting tool uses ambient seawater to emulsify substrates and create a trench into which the cable is placed. The seabed materials are moved to form the trench during the jetting operation but naturally re-form and ‘backfill’ the trench after the passage of the ROV’s burial tool; therefore, no material is removed from site. The extent and locations of the buried cable to be inspected is typically based on the performance of the main cable lay operations. The rest of the cable (approximately 58%) will not require burial, mainly because the installation depth will typically be at greater than 1,500 m deep, which is beyond the depth of iceberg scouring and known commercial bottom-fishing activities. Typical surface cable lay rates would be in the range of 2 to 9 kms/hr (1 to 5 knots) (note that the higher speeds will be in deep water).  
Summary of Modifications:
In Nunavut, there have been two similar undersea fibre optic projects that were previously reviewed by the NPC and NIRB and found not to require an environmental impact assessment, as significant adverse environmental effects were not anticipated: NIRB file #13UN035 Arctic Fibre Inc. (2014); and NIRB file #18UN050 Undersea Fibre Optic Cable (FOC) Installation (Nunavut FOC Project) (2019, GN as the proponent). All documents, including the Screening Decision Reports (SDRs), are posted on the NIRB public registry. The initial GN project proposal and supporting documents for the Nunavut FOC Project were submitted on December 12, 2018, and the project was assessed by NIRB through a Part 4 Screening. On February 28, 2019, NIRB issued the SDR, which recommended that the project did not require further review pursuant to paragraph 92(1)(a) of the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act and can proceed subject to specific Terms and Conditions for the Project that directly affect follow-up regulatory approvals. The current proposed undersea fibre optic cable system will consist of approximately 2,500km of undersea cable with a land departure point at Milton, NL and a termination point at Iqaluit on Baffin Island, NU, where there will be Cable Landing Station (CLS), which will be connected optically and electrically by a short overland land cable at a Beach Manhole (BMH) to the undersea cable system. The approximately two (2) inch undersea cable will consist of the fibre optic cable with an electrical conductor, electrically powered optical amplifiers (or repeaters), other undersea equipment for managing transmission performance over long distances, and offshore branching units (BUs) for future extensions of the cable to other NU communities. Prior to Project implementation, a pre-construction marine route survey of the selected undersea cable route is planned to occur during the period June to November 2023. The survey will use side-scan sonar equipment, a sub-bottom profiler, gravity core sampling equipment, and other equipment as necessary to detect undersea substrate and terrain features, areas subject to ice scour, and potentially ecologically sensitive areas, and will assist in refining the final route. Subsequently, the main undersea fibre optic cable system is anticipated to be installed in a single season during the period June to November 2024.
Personnel:
Persons: 10
Days: 60
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
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Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Affected Areas and Land Types
Municipal
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Transportation and/or Communications Corridor
Transportation and/or Communications Corridor
Trenching
Licensing Agencies
NWB: Type B Licence
DFO: 0
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
TC: 0
QIA: Land Use Licence I
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Trucks / SUV 2 small Personnel movements to site.
Horizontal Drill 1 medium To complete a 1-5 km horizontal drill from the land under the sea in Koojesse inlet
Bucket Truck 1 large Carrying dirt/excavated material/drill cuttings
backhoe 1 medium Backhoe to be used to excavate a bell hole to accommodate the HDD drill.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 5 100 Cubic Meters Diesel fuel used to for the Project Vehicles and equipment including the HDD Drill
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
295 TBD once supplier is selected and the system installation plan is finalized TBD once supplier is selected and the system installation plan is finalized
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
It is our intent to develop an environmental mitigation plan and to ensure our crews are sensitive to environmental preservation and meet all regulatory requirements. All garbage and debris will be kept in bags placed in a covered metal container or equivalent until disposed of at the City of Iqaluit Landfill site and kept inaccessible to wildlife at all times. Subject to City of Iqaluit approval, all drill cuttings (inert) will be disposed of at the City of Iqaluit Landfill site.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 0.5 cubic metre per day Not required Porta Potty system pumped out on a regular basis for disposal at the City of Iqaluit waste water treatment plant.
Non-Combustible wastes 25 cubic metres Not required Subject to approval the inert drill cuttings will be transported to the City of Iqaluit Landfill for disposal
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2022-10-18 14:16:17, from: Goump Djalogue
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2022-10-20 15:03:10, from: Adrian Gerhartz
 Rectify quantity of disposal (15 cubic meters instead of 1500 cubic meters)