1,500 km and 2,700 meters deep: the longest submarine power cable in the world will connect Israel, Cyprus and Greece
When we talk about submarine cables we are generally used to talking about the cables that carry the Internet all over the world. They are the most surprising if we have in mind their capabilities and how are they inside for example. However, there are also cSubmarines can be used to carry electricity, and the biggest of all is going to be built soon in the Mediterranean.
According they have announced on the official website of the project, this past Monday an initial agreement was reached to build the submarine power cable which will connect Greece, Cyprus and Israel. It will cross the depths of the Mediterranean Sea and serve as an emergency backup in the event of a blackout in one of the three countries.
The cable, if its construction is carried out, will be the longest and deepest of its kind made to date. It is expected to be around 1,500 kilometers long and to be found at a depth of 2,700 meters in the water. Through its interior, electricity will circulate at a capacity of 1,000-2,000 megawatts.
Co-financed in part by the European Union, the EuroAsia Interconnector (named after the project and the cable) will have a cost of around 750 million euros. They expect it to be completed and connect the electrical grids of the three countries by 2024 and operational by 2025.
The idea is that the cable connects a section between Israel and Cyprus of around 310 kilometers. Another 900-kilometer stretch will connect Cyprus with the Greek island of Crete. Finally, a final stretch of another 310 kilometers will connect Crete with the rest of Greece.
With this cable the three governments involved hope promote the use of renewable energy in their respective countries. In addition to being used in emergency situations to supply from the other two countries, it will allow to provide an exchange of electricity between Europe and Asia in a more comfortable way.
In addition, will allow Cyprus to finally be energetically interconnected with the rest of the European Union. It is the only member country of the European Union that is currently completely isolated. Hence, the European Union sees it as a project of common interest and therefore is willing to help with financing.