The Leif Erikson cable project to be laid between Norway and Canada is expected to be the first transatlantic cable to be fully powered by renewable energy


The Leif Erikson cable project is a 4,200km long subsea fibre cable between Canada and Norway. (Credit: Daniel Dino-Slofer from Pixabay)

Bulk Fiber Networks and WFN Strategies have started a feasibility study for the Leif Erikson cable project, a 4,200km long subsea fibre cable proposed to be laid between Norway and Canada.

The Leif Erikson cable system is planned to be a direct link between southern Norway and Atlantic-Canada that will connect into Goose Bay.

The companies have plans to extend the subsea cable project terrestrially back to Montreal.

Bulk Fiber Networks is engaged in developing and operating fibre network infrastructure in the Nordics. It is a division of Bulk Infrastructure, a provider of sustainable digital infrastructure in the Nordics.

On the other hand, its partner WFN Strategies is involved in submarine cable planning, engineering, and implementation.

The Leif Erikson cable project is expected to be the first transatlantic cable to use 100% renewable energy. It will use renewable energy feed from the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The new subsea fibre cable will create a northern route between Norway and Canada.

WFN Strategies managing director Wayne Nielsen said: “We are excited to be working with Bulk in preparing the Feasibility Study for the Leif Erikson submarine cable project.

“Bulk Fiber Networks continues to demonstrate success in project execution and making sustainable digital infrastructure available for a rapidly expanding industry. This project draws nicely on our cable engineering and development capabilities, and we look forward to supporting this new system.”

The feasibility study of the proposed project will involve survey and planning for construction, risk management, budget and economic modelling, as well as hazard identification.

It will also help to determine sustainability requirements for the management of both supply chain and life cycle associated with the project.

Bulk Fiber Networks is said to own and operate more than 10,000km of international and intra-Nordic high-capacity subsea and terrestrial fibre networks. These include four live subsea fibre systems, one that is currently under construction, and the Leif Erikson cable project that is now being advanced.

WFN Strategies will be the project planner, designer and implementer of the new cable project.

The company will be responsible for establishing a basic understanding of the telecommunications infrastructure that has to be constructed for the project. Besides, WFN Strategies will have to create a high level plan for building the infrastructure, while identifying any issues or obstacles associated with it.

Furthermore, the company will be delivering estimates on the budget for the Leif Erikson cable project.

Bulk Fiber Networks founder and executive chairman Peder Naerboe said: “We are pleased to formally kick off the Leif Erikson project together with WFN.

“WFN’s experience with submarine cable projects in the arctic regions as well as their determination to include Sustainability as a key element all through the project management makes them the ideal partner for us in a project like Leif Erikson.”