Hawaiki Submarine cable, the company building a new link between Australia, New Zealand and the US, says manufacture of the cable in the US by contractor TE SubCom has started, and the project is on-track to meet its mid 2018 completion date.
“More than 1,000 kilometres of lightweight cable has been manufactured to date for Hawaiki at TE SubCom’s facility in Newington, USA,” Hawaiki said. “Manufacturing of Hawaiki repeaters is underway.
It said detailed landing surveys had been completed for sites in Pacific City, Oregon and Kapolei, Hawaii and the marine route survey was “ongoing, with highlights including: completion of deep sea survey from Oregon to Hawaii; survey of all of US Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), with the completion of the branch to American Samoa,” adding: “Progress through the South Pacific Islands continues unabated.”
Hawaiki says it has added three additional branching units to enable the future connection of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. Meanwhile the Australian Government is being lobbied to fund a branch to Norfolk Island.
The system has been co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso.