The transmission line will be constructed between a new oil and gas field called ‘The Martin Linge’ in the North Sea and Norway’s power grid.

The field, which is being developed by Total E&P Norge, lies at a depth of 115m and believed to have potential reserves in the North Sea. Production from the field would begin from 2016.

The Martin Linge will receive its electricity feed through a 162km long three-core polymeric insulated (XLPE) submarine cable, which would lie 370m below sea level. It’s considered as the world’s longest subsea AC link.

For this project, ABB will be responsible for technical pre-studies, design, engineering, production and installation of the HV cable system.

ABB Power System division head Brice Koch noted that the electricity cable connection is expected to help in reducing environmental impact.

"ABB has the in-house manufacturing capability as well as the technical knowhow, domain knowledge and experience required to execute such a complex project," Koch said.