The Maritime Link Project

The Maritime Link will connect the electrical system of Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia for the first time. This will provide access to clean, renewable and reliable energy from the Muskrat Falls generating station in Labrador, and create a new energy loop in Atlantic Canada. This clean, new energy helps both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador by reducing the use of fossil fuels and exposure to unpredictable oil and coal prices.

With offices in St. John's, Stephenville, Halifax and Sydney, Emera Newfoundland & Labrador is currently managing the design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the 500 megawatt Maritime Link Project.

The Project is divided into three distinct geographical regions:

Island of Newfoundland

On the island of Newfoundland, 300 kilometres of transmission line along new and existing corridors between Granite Canal and Cape Ray will be needed. Associated infrastructure includes:

  • two switchyards,
  • one converter station,
  • one transition compound,
  • one onshore cable anchoring site,
  • one grounding site,
  • approximately 20 kilometres of grounding line;
  • and about two kilometres of underground cable.

Cabot Strait

Two subsea HVdc cables will span approximately 170 kilometres across the Cabot Strait from Cape Ray on the island of Newfoundland to an area west of the Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) Point Aconi generating station in Cape Breton. This portion of the Project includes two landfall sites where the cables will come ashore in Nova Scotia and on the island of Newfoundland.

Nova Scotia

On Cape Breton Island, NS, approximately 50 kilometres of new HVdc transmission line, parallel to an existing transmission corridor, between a point on the west side of the Point Aconi generating station and an existing substation at Woodbine. Associated infrastructure includes:

  • one converter station,
  • one transition compound,
  • one onshore cable anchoring site,
  • one grounding site,
  • approximately 40 kilometres of grounding line;
  • and two sections of underground cable (about one kilometre each).