ABB, a Swiss power and automation technology company, has worked with TenneT and Stattnet, the Dutch and Norwegian transmission system operators, to open a 580-kilometer power link between the Netherlands and Norway.

The company said that NorNed is the longest submarine cable link in the world and the most powerful, with a transmission capacity of 700MW. The project brings the goal of a common power network and a reliable, efficient electricity supply for Europe a step closer to reality. TenneT and Stattnet jointly own the transmission link for which ABB supplied the key technologies.

Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s power systems division, said: NorNed is a landmark feat of engineering that brings Europe even closer to the goal of creating a reliable, continent-wide electrical network with low environmental impact. It is a significant contribution to the quality and reliability of Europe’s power supply.