ABB (VTX:ABBN) has secured a USD-30-million (EUR 26.2m) order to upgrade a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link between Sweden and Denmark, the Switzerland-based power and automation technology company said today.
The Konti-Skan link, built 52 years ago, is the first interconnection between the two countries and has allowed them to exchange renewable hydropower and wind energy for many years.
The order from Svenska Kraftnat in Sweden and Energinet in Denmark will see ABB upgrade the control and protection system for the link. This will extend the lifespan of the HVDC link and improve power availability and grid reliability and efficiency through advanced digitalisation, ABB said.
Konti-Skan was constructed in two phases, Konti-Skan 1 in 1965 and Konti-Skan 2 in 1988. ABB's technology will allow the two to function as a single system.
"We are delighted to implement our latest ABB Ability MACH control technology to upgrade this historic HVDC transmission link, facilitating more energy trading and exchange of renewables, bringing clean, reliable power supply to consumers," said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB's Power Grids division.