24 November 2006 – Yesterday, 23 November, Estlink submarine cable constructor ABB began testing the submarine part of the cable. First electricity has been sent to Finland.
“Yesterday at 10.10 am we could witness a historical moment when after years of planning and preparations Estlink project has reached the stage when first electrical current was sent through the cable,” said the manager of Nordic Energy Link Indrek Aarna. “ABB will continue testing the cable and should everything go well the cable will be inaugurated in the beginning of December,” added he.
Temporarily put on hold tests with Estlink submarine cable have been resumed earlier this week in Finland. Continuation of tests in Estonia and Finland is necessary to install the cable to its connecting power network.
Starting from the middle of October, submarine cable constructor ABB has been carrying out tests in the converter stations in Espoo (Finland) and Harku (Estonia). Inauguration of the cable will take place on 4 December in converter stations in Estonia and Finland.