Siemens has received an order for setting up a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) power transmission link for the Canadian Bipole III HVDC project with an expected transmission capacity of 2,300MW.

Siemens will supply converter stations for the project.

Mortenson Construction will be responsible for the construction of the converter stations.

The order received by the consortium between Siemens and Mortenson is valued at more than CAD800m ($709.5m).

The 1,400km transmission link will feature Siemens’ complete HVDC technology based on proven thyristor technology.

It will connect the Keewatinohk Converter Station, in northern province of Manitoba, by a +/-500kV overhead line with the Riel Converter Station, near Winnipeg to the south of the Manitoba province.

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The project is expected to be commissioned by the third quarter of 2018.

"The contract scope includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply and commissioning of all HVDC core components."

The contract scope includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply and commissioning of all HVDC core components, such as converter valves with direct light-triggered power thyristors, converter transformers, smoothing reactors, protection and I&C equipment, and AC and DC filters.

Siemens will be designing the system equipment with a low temperature of -50°C.

Siemens division energy management business segments for HVDC and FACTS solutions head Karl Uecker said: "When it comes to energy-efficient and low-loss transmission of high ratings of electricity over considerable distances, we’re the right partner.

"Siemens is a leading provider of HVDC technology and with our partner who has the necessary local expertise in the construction we can offer systems tailored to our customers’ requirements."

Image: The picture shows the converter station of a comparable project in Australia. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.