Zurich, Switzerland – ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about C$400 million from NSP Maritime Link Inc., a subsidiary of Emera Inc., to supply a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission solution, creating 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 high-voltage direct current (HVDC) connection that will enable clean, renewable electricity generated in Newfoundland and Labrador to be transmitted to the North American grid in Nova Scotia. The stabilizing features of ABB’s latest HVDC Light solution will also allow Nova Scotia to integrate additional renewables and contribute to Canada’s emission-reduction efforts.
In addition to the two converter stations for the ±200-kilovolt (kV) HVDC link, the project scope also includes two 230-kV alternating current (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.