New Submarine Cable for the Isles of Scilly (ex Rioja 1)

As announced earlier this year, BT is planning to reuse redundant submarine cables to improve connectivity for the Isles of Scilly.  It was said that cables running from UK to Ireland and UK to Spain would be reused.

It now emerges that this is thought the redeployment of the out of service Rioja 1 cable which linked Porthcurno to Santander, Spain which has been redundant since 2006.

The cable was cut 15km from shore, and an 85km section recovered from the seabed using cable ship CS Resolute.

The cable was landed at Portcressa beach on the Isles of Scilly on 23rd July 2014 and relaid back to the mainland for reconnection approximately 15km offshore.

Isles of Scilly Roija 1 Cable Redeployment

Isles of Scilly Roija 1 Cable Redeployment

Isles of Scilly Roija 1 Cable Redeployment

Further information in the Kingfisher Bulletin (iss 12, 2014) here.

BT Press release: here.

 

One thought on “New Submarine Cable for the Isles of Scilly (ex Rioja 1)

  1. Adrian Hilton

    If anyone is interested I have posted archive photos of the UK- Netherlands 9 Cable Landing (July 1974). Please have a look at the website.
    You can also find a little info about the UK-Belgium 5 – First Optical Fibre Submarine Cable System (1987-2005) @ http://www.subsea123.co.uk/Blog/Post/5/UK-Belgium-5—First-Optical-Fibre-Submarine-Cable-System-(1987-2005)
    and UK-Belgium 3 (1972-1992) @ http://www.subsea123.co.uk/Blog/Post/6/UK-Belgium-3-(1972-1992)

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