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ABB achieves milestone with successful Maritime Link test


Station in Bottom Brook, N.L. Courtesy ABB.

January 31, 2018 – ABB says it recently achieved a major milestone with the successful testing of the Maritime Link: a 500-MW HVDC (high-voltage direct current) connection enabling Emera Inc. to exchange electricity between The Rock and Nova Scotia for the first time in history.

“Our innovative HVDC Light technology will enable the historical Maritime 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.

SEE ALSO Nexans completes delivery of Maritime Link subsea cables.

The Maritime Link is the first of its kind in the world with a full Voltage Source Converter (VSC) bipolar configuration to enhance system availability, says ABB. In addition to the two converter stations for the ±200-kV HVDC link, the project scope also includes two 230-kV alternating current (AC) substations in Newfoundland & Labrador, one 345-kV AC substation in Nova Scotia, and two cable transition stations.

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