ABB and The Maritime Link Project – Connecting Nova Scotia and Newfoundland with an HVDC Link

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ABB recently achieved a major milestone with the successful testing of the Maritime Link, enabling Emera to exchange electricity between the Island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for the first time in history. 

The Maritime Link is a 500 megawatt (MW) high-voltage direct current (HVDC) connection that will enable clean, renewable energy, generated in Newfoundland and Labrador to be transmitted to the North American grid in Nova Scotia. The stabilizing features of ABB’s latest HVDC Light® solution will also allow Nova Scotia to integrate additional renewables and contribute to Canada’s emission-reduction efforts.

The HVDC Light® Maritime Link is the first of its kind in the world with a full Voltage Source Converter (VSC) bipolar configuration, to enhance system availability. The converter stations will be equipped with the ABB AbilityTM based advanced MACHTM control and protection system which acts like the brain of the HVDC link. It monitors, controls and protects the sophisticated technology in the stations and manages thousands of operations to ensure power reliability. Its advanced fault registration and remote control functions also help protect the link from unexpected disruptions, such as lightning strikes.

ABB pioneered HVDC technology 60 years ago and has been awarded approximately 120 HVDC projects representing a total installed capacity of more than 130,000 MW, accounting for about half of the global installed base. The company also pioneered VSC-based HVDC Light technology 20 years ago and is the market leader, having delivered 19 of the 25 VSC HVDC projects commissioned around the world.

The talk will focus on ABB’s capabilities as a global leader in HVDC technology and more specifically, how this technology was put to use in the Maritime Link project.



**Students may attend this event for free. 

  Date and Time




  • Date: 06 Apr 2018
  • Time: 02:29 PM to 02:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-04:00) Canada/Atlantic
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  • 923 Robie Street
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Canada B3H 3C3
  • Building: Atrium Building
  • Room Number: AT216
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    Aman A Tanvir, Chair IEEE YP (CAS)| 902 412 9157 |

  • Co-sponsored by Canadian Atlantic Section, Circuit and System Society


Faisal Iqbal


Faisal Iqbal is an accomplished management professional with over 24 years of progressive experience in the general management, sales & business development, contracts, risk management and project execution fields. With a track record of working on large-scale and complex technical projects (Electrical & Chemical) with strong abilities, proven leadership, and technical skills. Presently he is Project Director for just commissioned HVDC Maritime Link Project in Atlantic Canada.

Kenneth Almon


Ken is a Senior Electrical Engineer, registered as a Professional Engineer in Nova Scotia and Maine. He graduated from Nova Scotia Technical College in 1980 and has been operating in the electric power field for most of his career. He is presently employed with ABB as a Technical Interface Manager on the Maritime Link project. He calls Halifax home.


Welcome & Introduction


ABB Global business, business in Canada, Maritime Link Project by Faisal Iqbal

HVDC Technology – Connecting Newfoundland and Nova Scotia by Kenneth Almon

QA Session & Networking

Thank You!