Influence of partial undergrounding on the transient stability of EHV power transmission systems

Hossein Khalilnezhad, Marjan Popov, Jorrit A. Bos, Kees P.J. Jansen

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This paper investigates the transient stability issues that may occur when long underground cables are added to EHV transmission systems. Dynamic behaviour of generators and terminal voltages with respect to various disturbances like cable disconnection/connection and fault currents are studied. Simulations are performed for the 2020 model of the Dutch transmission grid. The effects of partial undergrounding in two case studies with the total transmission length of 280 km are investigated. This work proposes criteria for accurate sizing of cable shunt compensation for dynamic simulation purposes based on grid voltages, generator reactive powers and power exchange with neighbouring grids. Moreover, a comparison between the dynamic behaviour of system variables for three different shunt compensation arrangements including line-end compensation, line-end middle compensation, and cable-end compensation is performed. Finally, a specific switching sequence for line disconnection/connection to improve voltage profiles and generator behaviours is introduced. The simulations are performed in PSS®E environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-138
Number of pages13
JournalElectric Power Systems Research
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • EHV cables
  • Cable length
  • Shunt compensation
  • Transient stability
  • Mixed OHL–cable connection
  • Flexible switching


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