The Skagerrak HVDC transmission system comprises several HVDC links which together provide a total of 1,700 MW transmission capacity between Kristiansand in southern Norway and Tjele on Denmark's Jutland peninsula. The link is owned by Statnett in Norway, and Energinet.dk in Denmark.
Skagerrak 1&2 rated 500 MW was commissioned in 1976-77 and Skagerrak 3, rated 500 MW, became operational in 1993. The latest Skagerrak project was awarded to ABB in 2011, and comprises a fourth link using HVDC Light technology which operates in a bipole mode together with the Skagerrak 3 HVDC Classic link and a control system upgrade of the latter. This is the first time an HVDC Classic and an HVDC Light link are tied together in such a bipole configuration. This is possible because of ABB's advanced MACH control system, which was also used for a Skagerrak 1-2 upgrade in 2007.
The new link boosts transmission capacity between the mainly hydroelectric-based Norwegian system and the wind and thermal power-based Danish system by an additional 700 MW with a voltage rating of 500 kV. It enables both networks to add more renewable energy to their energy mix, and to use electricity more efficiently.
The system helps overcome distance and grid constraints while ensuring robust performance, power quality and minimal electrical losses. In the rare case of a power system outage, the technology’s ‘black-start’ capability allows for a fast network restoration using power from the other end of the link. These factors were essential in the selection of the HVDC Light technology for the fourth Skagerrak HVDC link.