How the permitting process of laying a subsea cable works

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The permitting process for a subsea development may seem daunting, but companies with a history in this field - such as Global Marine Systems - can make the process simple.

The permitting process can vary greatly depending upon the specific needs of a company - and indeed the jurisdictional requirements of the territory or territories within which the project takes place.

In addition, this will involve input during every stage of a project from Desk Top Studies to obtaining the necessary permits for marine survey, installation and any related activities.

Regardless of the type of subsea project being carried out, be it oil & gas or telecommunications, a level of permitting will be involved.

A Desk Top Study involves outlining the specific country requirements and regulations regarding a subsea cable installation, including government departments and people that may need to be contacted, as well as relevant legislation and policies regarding the area the cable is being deployed.

As cables often cross through the waters of multiple countries, different governments will be involved and careful planning is required.

Principle permits are those permits that a company will need to obtain for the cable to be installed and remain on the seabed - these can include environmental studies, easements or seabed leases, any specific legislative requirements for the cable to be installed by the respective governments and can be extensive.

The subsea development owner will ultimately own these permits and be the signatory to any permissions, but Global Marine can assist and manage the process with ease.

Further permits may be required for the cable vessel to enter and operate within a specific country's territorial waters which, again, Global Marine offers years of experience with and regularly obtains these for maintenance and installation projects.

Global Marine holds an extensive live database of the various requirements of each country - meaning that each country's or territory's requirements can be reviewed quickly, and the necessary contacts made.

In more difficult or dangerous areas of the world, the experience of a provider such as Global Marine is invaluable, and can ensure that delays are kept to a minimum and risks mitigated as far as possible.

During the cable laying process, Global Marine will have carefully managed and planned the permitting process to ensure that delays are not encountered.

Global Marine Systems has a comprehensive background in engineering and subsea services. We specialise in providing fibre-based data networks for oil & gas and telecommunications cable systems, continually leading in design and engineering around the world.

For more information on subsea cable installation, maintenance and burial requirements, contact Global Marine Systems today at<>.


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