ABB gets order for Kriegers Flak onshore converter

Monday, 14 March, 2016 - 11:15
ABB developed HVDC in the 1990s by introducing a voltage sourced converter (VSC) solution named HVDC Light. (Photo: ABB)
ABB developed HVDC in the 1990s by introducing a voltage sourced converter (VSC) solution named HVDC Light. (Photo: ABB)

ABB has received an order worth around US$140 million from transmission system operators Energinet.dk in Denmark and 50Hertz Transmission in Germany to design, supply and install a HVDC onshore converter station in Bentwisch, Northern Germany.

The HVDC (high voltage direct current) converter station will allow the connection of the asynchronous AC power grids of Eastern Denmark and Germany. It is part of the “Kriegers Flak combined grid solution” project, which establishes the world’s first offshore interconnection by using the national grid connections to the future Danish Kriegers Flak and operating German Baltic 1 and 2 offshore wind farms. The interconnector will have a capacity of 400MW. ABB was also previously awarded a US$100 million AC subsea cable system order for connecting the Danish Kriegers Flak wind farm in 2015.

“ABB has an unparalleled track record of HVDC interconnections and is playing a key role in enabling the vision of a European grid,” said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division. “The integration of renewable energy and the development of interconnections are key elements of ABB’s Next Level Strategy, addressing the growing need for electricity with minimum environmental impact.”

ABB will provide the complete HVDC station including transformers, converter valves, cooling systems, control and protection and other related equipment at the converter station. HVDC Light provides sophisticated features to the network such as the “black-start” power restoration capability and exceptional power control, to regulate the system with changes in the wind speed.

Katharina Garus / ABB

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