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SPANDEX: ACS Cable System Project Presented by: Steve Gebert, ACS Director for PMO Sherrie Greenshields, NHTI Marko Radonich, CH2MHILL Dale Patrick, ACS OSP Manager Purpose of Briefing Purpose:

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SPANDEX: ACS Cable System Project

Presented by: Steve Gebert, ACS Director for PMO

Sherrie Greenshields, NHTI

Marko Radonich, CH2MHILL

Dale Patrick, ACS OSP Manager


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Purpose of Briefing

  • Purpose:

    • Provide overview of project for permitting authorities and other interested agencies

    • Ensure all questions and requests for information are addressed so that project can proceed according to agencies’ satisfaction, and according to schedule


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Overview

  • Overview:

    • SPANDEX highlights and route overview

    • Key objectives of route selection and installation techniques

    • List of primary construction activities

    • Route specifics by area (walkthrough of route)

    • Critical Contractual Deadlines

    • Permits roll call

    • Questions and answers

    • Points of Contact


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SPANDEX: What it Brings to Alaska

  • $100M fiber-optic cable system linking Alaska to Lower 48

  • Unique route – high emphasis on diversity from existing cables

  • Landing in Oregon – highly diverse from other AK cables

  • Huge capacity (bandwidth)

    • Initial capacity: Over 500,000 simultaneous calls

    • Max capacity: Over 33,000,000 simultaneous calls

  • 25-year service life

  • Cutting-edge technology

  • Target Service Date: December 31, 2008




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Key Objectives of Route Selection

  • Diversity from existing systems

  • Redundancy on terrestrial routes

  • Best marine and terrestrial conditions for landings

  • Maximum use of existing facilities, easements, RoW, developed areas

  • Maximum avoidance of heavy fishing, anchoring, and other sensitive areas


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Impact Mitigation Techniques

  • Expertise and Experience

    • Extreme diligence in selecting contractors with extensive experience—including AK cable projects (drawing on all lessons learned)

  • Marine segment burial depth

    • Spec is 1.2m burial depth in all areas of water depth less than 1500m

    • Extensive sonar survey to find route that best supports burial

    • Very slow ship speed (1-2 kts when pulling plow)

  • Horizontal Direction Drilling (HDD)

    • Extremely expensive but minimizes/eliminates impact on coastal areas – ACS feels its well worth the cost


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Impact Mitigation Techniques (cont.)

  • Construction Timing

    • Earliest possible construction where able to avoid impact on wetlands, bird nesting season, tourist season, etc.

    • Need your help with this—permits are critical path in schedule


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Primary AK Construction Activities

  • Marine segments

    • Anchorage to Nikiski

    • Homer to Oregon

  • Terrestrial segments (Outside Plant– OSP)

    • Anchorage

    • Nikiski to ACS N. Kenai Wire Center

    • Ninilchik to Homer

    • Homer

  • Landings – Bore (HDD) and Beach Manhole (BMH)

    • Anchorage

    • Nikiski

    • Homer (also Ocean Ground Bed – OGB)

  • Cable Stations

    • Homer




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Route Specifics -- Anchorage

  • HDD from ocean side of Coastal Wildlife Refuge to BMH

    • Minimal impact on wildlife

    • No closure of Coastal Trail

  • OSP route max use of easements/Row

    • Tesoro easement

    • Airport fence line

    • Along road in Kincaid

    • Rasp. Rd.

  • Cable Shelter at Rasp. and Sand Lake

    • Small hut

    • Collocated with ATT cell site




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Route Specifics -- Nikiski

  • HDD from BMH to 6m water depth

  • BMH in Marathon Oil easement area

  • New build from BMH to existing ACS Wire Center

  • Max use of RoW and easements



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Route Specifics – Nikiski to Homer

  • New build from BMH to ACS N. Kenai Wire Center

  • Existing plant to Ninilchik

  • New build from Ninilchik to Homer

  • Max use of RoW, easements, aerial routes


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Route Specifics -- Homer

  • New Cable Station and Retail Store

  • OSP to BMH – RoW/Easements

  • HDD to beach headwall (buried) at high water mark

  • Trenched in to low water mark

  • OGB – located in Ohlson Ln.




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Critical Contractual Deadlines

  • Anchorage and Nikiski build complete: 8/19/08

  • Nikiski to Homer build complete: 8/19/08

  • Homer build complete: 8/19/08

  • Homer to OR segment ready for testing: 9/18/08

  • System ready for customers: 12/31/08

  • Ready to start ASAP to minimize seasonal impacts

  • Permits are currently driving timeline

  • Greatly appreciate your support!


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Permits Roll Call

  • Any required permits that we have not yet applied for?

  • Any additional agencies that we should contact?



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Points of Contact

  • Steve Gebert, ACS

    • 907.564.1244

    • [email protected]

  • Sherrie Greenshields, NHTI

    • 907.761.6057

    • [email protected]

  • Marko Radonich, CH2MHILL

    • 907.646.0332

    • [email protected]

  • Dale Patrick, ACS

    • 907.564.1582

    • [email protected]


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