ABB to provide Italian undersea power line

ABB Ltd has won a 180 million dollar order for a strategic undersea power link from Italian company Terna SpA, the Swedish-Swiss power and automation technology group has announced.

Under the terms of the contract, ABB will build a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power system connecting the grids of Sardinia and Peninsular Italy with converter stations on either side of the shore.

The 1,000 megawatt HVDC undersea link will carry surplus power between the Italian mainland at Latina and the island of Sardinia.

The first pole of the HVDC station will be completed in 2008.