ABB completes 500-MW Maritime Link in Canada

Bottom Brook converter station. Copyright: ABB

June 13 (Renewables Now) - Swiss group ABB (VTX:ABBN) on Tuesday said it has completed the 500-MW Maritime Link connection between the islands of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in Canada.

The company has handed over the project, which started initial operation in January this year, to Canadian utility Emera Inc (TSE:EMA). The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link will enable the transmission of renewable energy from Newfoundland and Labrador to the North American grid in Nova Scotia. ABB said that the stabilising features of the connection will also assist Nova Scotia in integrating additional renewables such as wind power.

"Our proven HVDC Light technology will enable the historical Maritime Link project to integrate and deliver clean renewable energy while enhancing grid stability and enabling power sharing,"  said Patrick Fragman, head of ABB's Grid Integration business.  

The project involves two converter stations for the HVDC link, two alternating current (AC) substations in Newfoundland, one AC substation in Nova Scotia and two cable transition stations.

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