Emera NL and ABB Organize Woodbine Site Tour to Showcase Maritime Link Progress

2016-09-29 - 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.
Emera Newfoundland and Labrador (Emera NL) and ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, provided a tour of the infrastructure and technologies for the Maritime Link Project in Nova Scotia today. Executives from both companies provided an update on the project to date prior to a guided tour of the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Converter Station at Woodbine, the main terminus for the project in Cape Breton. Organized jointly by ABB and Emera NL, representatives from government, the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq and the local business community, were offered an opportunity to see the progress that has been made to date.

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.

Maritime Link Quick Facts:

    · With more than 55% of the work now completed and significant milestones already achieved the Maritime Link remains on budget and on schedule to be completed in late 2017.
    · As of July 2016, more than 650,000 person hours of work have been completed in Nova Scotia.
    · To date, more than $250 million in contracts have been awarded to more than 200 Nova Scotia based companies from the Maritime Link Project.
Emera executives, NS Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
Renewal and ABB executives participate in a tour of Woodbine Site.

Left to Right: Dan Muldoon, Executive Vice President, Major Renewable and Alternative Energy, Emera Inc.; Chris Huskilson,
President and CEO, Emera Inc.; Rick Janega, President and CEO, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador; The Honourable Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal; Nathalie Pilon, President, ABB Canada; Marc Mitges, Vice President, Power Grids Division, ABB Canada.