ABB awarded $400 million order for Maritime Link power project in Canada

Switzerland, Zurich: ABB has won an order worth approximately $ 400 million from NSP Maritime Link Inc., a subsidiary of Emera Inc., to supply a HVDC power transmission solution.

This will create the first electricity link between the island of Newfoundland and the North American power grid. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2014.

The Maritime Link Project is a 500 MW HVDC connection that will enable clean, renewable electricity generated in Newfoundland and Labrador to be transmitted to the North American grid in Nova Scotia.

“Our innovative solution for this project will help integrate clean renewable energy, facilitate the efficient transmission of electricity, improve grid stability and enable power sharing.” said ABB Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Spiesshofer.

The Maritime Link will deploy ABB’s HVDC Light Voltage Source Conversion (VSC) technology incorporating a full VSC bipolar configuration to further enhance system availability.

In addition to the two converter stations and power equipment for the ±200 kV HVDC link, the project scope also includes two 230 kV AC substations in Newfoundland, one 345 kV AC substation in Nova Scotia and two cable transition stations. The project is scheduled for commissioning in 2017.

ABB has been awarded approximately 90 HVDC projects representing a total installed capacity of more than 95,000 MW.

Source: ABB
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