The first phase of the reconnaissance study and seabed mapping to identify the optimum route for a proposed high-voltage subsea power cable, known as the EuroAsia InterConnector, connecting Cyprus to Greece, has been completed.
Odin Finder a 50-metre long research vessel, owned and operated by Italian company GAS S.r.l, set out to map out the best route for the cable, late January.
The vessel explored, mapped and gathered information on the exact route of the 518km-long subsea cable from Vasiliko to Crete and from there on to the Peloponnese and forward to Piraeus on mainland Greece.
Next, the Odin Finder will carry out a detailed mapping of one of the most “difficult” sections of the subsea ‘electricity highway’ between Cyprus and Israel. Specifically, it will be researching the sea zone south of Vasiliko – at a distance of 20 to 40 kilometres from the coast – an area known for its marked seabed dips, and seek the best spot from which the cable will pass through the Cyprus arc, an arcuate depression located in the southern reaches of the island, considered to be in collision between the African and Eurasian plates.
The EuroAsia InterConnector project is initiated by the DEI-Quantum Energy joint venture, a partnership between DEI, the public power corporation of Greece, and Quantum, operator of hydroelectric and power stations in the Republic of Serbia.
The project is included in the revised list of 195 Projects of Common Interest (PCI), issued on November 18 by the European Commission. It offers significant economic and geopolitical benefits to the involved countries and contributes to the EU target for 10% of electricity interconnection between member states.