Upon completion in late 2017, the Maritime Link will change the way energy flows in Atlantic Canada, providing greater access to the abundance of clean, renewable and reliable energy in the region. The Project will for the first time allow clean, renewable electricity generated in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) to be transmitted to Nova Scotia (NS).
ABB’s portion of the project includes the construction of a high-voltage direct current solution for the new electrical transmission system.
“Our team is focused on ensuring this project remains on budget and having the link in service as scheduled before the end of 2017. Having already achieved several key construction milestones in other areas of the project, the team is well on its way to meeting the overall timeline as ABB continues to progress its work,” said Rick Janega, President and CEO of Emera Newfoundland & Labrador.
ABB's Project scope involves construction of two converter stations (Woodbine, NS and Bottom Brook, NL), work at two 230 kV alternating current (AC) substations on the island of Newfoundland (Bottom Brook and Granite Canal), one 345 kV AC substation in Nova Scotia (Woodbine), and two cable transition stations (Point Aconi, NS and Cape Ray, NL). Emera NL and ABB are now over one year in with work at both Woodbine and Bottom Brook. Additionally, civil work has started on the High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) station in Granite Canal and is expected to be completed in 2016.
“The ABB team is proud to be the HVDC Converter technology solution provider for the Maritime Link Project,” said Nathalie Pilon, President of ABB in Canada. “We are now approaching the peak of construction activity, with several subcontractors and suppliers currently working diligently on all our sites.”
Last spring, ABB opened a new office in Halifax to provide engineering and project management services for the project, further expanding its presence in Atlantic Canada. The company also has offices in Saint John, New Brunswick, Dartmouth and Lunenburg, NS, and St. John’s, NL. Its activities in Atlantic Canada consist mainly of providing power, automation and turbocharging solutions to customers in a number of industry sectors such as utilities, oil and gas, pulp and paper, marine, power, and food and beverages. It currently has a diversified team of professionals in the region supporting customers in the areas of engineering, sales and services.
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