Israel, Cyprus and Greece are set to be joined by the world’s longest subsea cable after on-site inspections on the proposed route of the line took place near Haifa, Israel.
With construction due to begin in 2019, the €4bn EuroAsia Interconnector joint project by DEH Quantum Energy and the Israel Electric Corporation Ltd. (IEC) companies will allow electricity to reach remote Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.
The project, which is due to be completed by 2022 within the framework of a European Project of Common Interest (PCI), will see a 400 kV DC underwater electric cable connect transmission networks in Israel, Greece and the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
The cable will have a capacity of 2000 MW and will cover a total distance of around 1518 km, running from Hadera, Israel to Athens, Greece, through Vassilikos in southern Cyprus and the Greek island of Crete.
It will also function bi-directionally to increase energy security between the three countries.
The European Union will fund a Technical/Technological Study, a Reconnaissance Survey and Environmental Studies which need to be carried out before construction for the cable can begin.