Fenno-Skan 2 will be postponed by one year

Time schedule for the new HVDC interconnection between Finland and Sweden (Fenno-Skan 2) has been changed. The expected start of commercial operation is November 30, 2011. The main reason for the postponement is difficulties in submarine cable delivery time.Due to the huge world market demand of submarine cable interconnectors no one of the cable manufacturers was able to meet the required time schedule. All manufacturing capacity is engaged with other ongoing submarine cable projects. The next available manufacturing slot allows the start of production in late 2009. The negotiations with manufactures continue and the agreement is expected early next year. Fenno-Skan 2 will be an 800 megawatt and 500 kilovolt electricity transmission connection between Finland and Sweden. The connection will be a direct current link. The total length of the link will be approx. 270 kilometres, of which the actual submarine cable will account for some 200 kilometres. The extension will be carried out in co-operation between Fingrid Oyj and Svenska Kraftnät.   Further information:
Kari Kuusela, Vice President tel. +358 (0)30 395 5129 or
Timo Kiiveri, Project Manager, tel. +358 (0)30 395 5121