FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA – WORLD BANK – FIBRE OPTIC CABLE PROJECT

FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA – WORLD BANK – FIBRE OPTIC CABLE PROJECT

Client: Governments of Kiribati, Nauru and Kosrae State – World Bank

Industry: Communications – Regional fibre optic cable

Services: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Management Plans

Background:

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is comprised of more than 600 islands and atolls spanning across almost 3000 Km of the tropical Pacific Ocean; comprising four states of Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap. FSM has slow and expensive telephone and internet connectivity, affecting all public and private services, including education and health, limiting access to international markets and affecting social connection among its rural and urban population. A proposed fibre optic project will facilitate faster and reliable internet connectivity within FSM and to the rest of the world.  The project is funded by the World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Cables will be placed along the seafloor, with deep sea  sections  resting  on  the seabed, and sections inside the 40m contour (approximation), buried about 0.75m below the seabed. The cables will be brought to shore by following existing shipping channel routes and landing at low ecological impact areas, thereby minimally  interfering  with coastal ecology.

Assignment

ARGO was commissioned to prepare Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and Environmental and Social Management Plans in relation to the fibre optic project.