Power and automation technology group ABB has secured a $110m order from Litgrid to supply and install a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter station in Lithuania.

The 500MW, back-to-back HVDC converter station will be built near the city of Alytus in Lithuania and is expected to be operational in 2015.

As per the agreed terms, ABB will design, engineer, supply and install the converter station including high-voltage equipment, such as power transformers and thyristor valves.

This station will connect the 330KV Lithuanian grid to the 400KV Polish grid, with the help of a 160 kilometre-long 400KV AC overhead line

ABB Power Systems division head Brice Koch said that the link will not only enable the energy trading but will also strengthen grid stability and security of power supply in the region.

"Our leading global track record in HVDC technology was pivotal in winning this order," added Koch.

The Lithuanian electricity system is currently connected to the grids of Latvia, Estonia and the countries to the east while the new link will bolster the HVDC connection with Sweden.