The most photogenic part of the project, the shore-end lay, is now well behind us. The past month has been spent installing and testing the triple level power system for the Cable Landing Station (CLS). This involves mains power connection, back-up generator / fuel cell, and emergency battery power system. This had to be completed by the end of June on our project schedule, to be ready for the teams from NEC in Japan, who will install the ground cable connecting the beach man-hole (BMH) to the CLS, and the terminal equipment, network management systems and customer interfaces in the sanitised environment of the CLS itself.
Lars Lindstrom, from Flexenclosure in Sweden, wrestles with one last pesky generator problem.
To the right is the fuel cell. In the background, part of the new security fence. The site is still messy, and it will remain so until the installation is completed, when we will undertake site works.
On the seaward side, the shore end of the cable out from the bulkhead has now been enclosed by steel articulated pipe, and is starting to become part of the littoral.
By August we expect all the CLS installation to be completed.
How about a photo of the famous (and World Heritage) Rock Islands to round things out? You really have to see Palau to believe it, but on the other hand, it is impossible to take a bad picture. This is one of mine, and I am a notoriously lousy photographer. It is a privilege to be here, and a delight to be made feel so welcome.
We had better not mess this up! So far we are right on track.