Canada’s Maritime Link project is on schedule to start commercial operations this month, according to cable firm Nexans.
Nexans says it completed delivery and installation of the submarine cable for the transmission link in 2017, with final high voltage tests conducted in September 2017.
The 500 MW interconnector is North America’s longest submarine cable and is expected to play a pivotal role in Canada’s ambition to realise a more reliable, integrated electricity grid and enable greater renewable energy generation. The link’s owner, Emera, says that the first energy exchange took place across the Maritime Link in December 2017.
The Maritime Link connects Newfoundland and Labrador with Nova Scotia and other energy markets in Canada. ABB provided the HVDC converter stations as well as AC substations for the project.
Nexans’ contract scope included the delivery of two 200 kV mass impregnated (MI) HVDC cables. Each cable is 170 km long and weighs approximately 5500 tons.
“We are thrilled to be part of this exciting project and we are happy to have completed the installation of these two submarine cables, the longest in Northern America, after almost 600 000 hours of designing, manufacturing and laying works”, said Geir Korstad, Project Manager at Nexans.