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ABB wins $900 million order to connect Norwegian and German power grids

Enabling the transmission of 1,400 MW of renewable energy, NordLink project claims to be Europe’s longest HVDC power grid interconnection.

ABB has won orders worth around $900 million from a consortium comprising leading utilities Statnett and TenneT as well as promotional bank KfW to supply on-shore high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations and the cable system in the German sector that will facilitate the first ever interconnection between the Norwegian and German power grids. The link will be 623 kilometers (km) long, making it the longest HVDC connection in Europe.
Under the terms of the deals, ABB will design, engineer, supply and commission two 525 kilovolt (kV), 1,400 MW converter stations, using its Voltage Sourced Converter (VSC) technology, called HVDC Light®. One station will be situated near Tonstad in southern Norway and the other near Wilster in northern Germany. As part of the project, ABB will also design, manufacture and install a 525 kV mass impregnated (MI) cable system in the German sector, which will include 154 km of subsea and 54 km of underground cable.
The contract also includes a five-year service agreement.
“We are very pleased to be working with TenneT and Statnett on another landmark project that will support the integration of the European energy market," said Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB CEO. "The smart combination of renewable power generation, e.g. solar and wind in Germany and hydro-electric in Norway, demonstrates that we can technologically enable a sustainable green energy policy across Europe. This order underlines ABB’s technology leadership in HVDC and is another milestone in restoring our Power Systems division to a path of long-term growth and profitability.”
NordLink will be key in connecting Norway with Germany and has been designated as one of the European Commission’s projects of common interest to help create an integrated European Union energy market. It will increase energy security in both countries and support the integration of renewable energy into the countries’ grids by allowing surplus wind and solar power produced in Germany to be transmitted to Norway, and hydroelectric power to be transmitted in the opposite direction. The link will transmit power at a record capacity of 1,400 MW, which is enough to supply 3.6 million German households.

Claudio Facchin, president, ABB Power Systems division, aid the NordLink project demonstrates ABB’s commitment to the efficient use of renewables. "We are bringing clean power to millions of people and supporting the energy policies of Germany and Norway,” he said. “We pioneered HVDC technology and continue to develop new technologies that make projects like NordLink feasible.”
The NordLink project It is scheduled to go into commercial operation in 2020.

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