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North America News

Consumers file complaint against MISO’s cost allocation methodology 

January 23, 2020
The Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA), the Coalition of Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) Transmission Customers, and LS Power Midcontinent, LLC, jointly filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against MISO, concerning its cost allocation methodology in its Open Access Transmission, Energy and Operating Reserve Markets Tariff for baseline reliability projects.

New Jersey introduces Bill to allow competition for open access offshore wind transmission facilities 

January 22, 2020
New Jersey regulators have signed Bill S-3985/A-5663 to amend the "Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act" to add the definition of "open access offshore wind transmission facility" and revise the law concerning "qualified offshore wind projects".

CAISO awards Gates 500 kV Dynamic Reactive Power Support Project to LS Power 

January 22, 2020
LS Power Grid California, LLC has been selected by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) as the developer of the Gates 500 kV Dynamic Reactive Power Support Project.

Ameren Illinois announces USD18 million grid enhancement project in Illinois 

January 22, 2020
Ameren Illinois, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, has announced a two-year electric grid project to enhance service reliability for customers in Jersey and Macoupin counties in Illinois.

Latin America News

Brazilian Neoenergia energises 500/230 kV Sobral III substation [free access]

January 24, 2020
Brazilian Neoenergia has energised the 500/230 kV Sobral III substation, 13 months ahead of the scheduled commissioning date. The project was awarded to the company during Auction No. 05/2016 in April 2017 as Lot 27.

Ecuador requests USD250 million financing from IaDB for Peru–Ecuador Interconnection Project 

January 22, 2020
Ecuador’s government has submitted a financing request to Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB) for the Ecuador–Peru Interconnection Project.

Colombian GEB seeks ANLA’s approval for Medellin–La Virginia transmission link 

January 21, 2020
Colombian Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB) is seeking approval from national licensing authority, Autoridad Nacional de Licencias Ambientales (ANLA), for the modified environment permit application for the Medellin–La Virginia transmission link in western Colombia.

Mexican CFE awards cable contract worth USD38 million to Prysmian Group 

January 15, 2020
Prysmian Group, an Italian multinational dedicated to the manufacture of cables and transmission systems for the electricity and telecommunications industries, has been awarded a new contract worth about USD38 million by the Mexican state-owned power utility, Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) for the project “Proyecto de Conectividad Fibra Óptica Red Eléctrica Inteligente REI” in Mexico.

Asia-Pacific News

Indian RSDCL seeks bids for construction of power lines for Nokh solar park 

January 24, 2020
Rajasthan Solar Park Development Company (RSDCL), a state-owned company responsible for the development of infrastructure and management of solar park projects in the Indian State of Rajasthan, has invited bids from firms for the construction of 220 kV and 132 kV power lines for the Nokh solar park in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan on a turnkey basis.

China–Nepal to conduct load flow test for cross-border power line [free access]

January 23, 2020
The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) are planning to conduct load flow tests for the 400 kV Ratamate (Nepal)–Kerung (China) transmission line.

Nepal’s hydroelectric project hindered by delay in power line 

January 23, 2020
The Solu Hydroelectric Project (HEP) in Solukhumbu district, Nepal is set to operate and produce 23.5 MW of power.

NEA works on resuming construction of Marsyangdi Corridor in Nepal 

January 21, 2020
Nepal’s state-owned power company, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), is planning to resume the construction of the 220 kV Marshyangdi Corridor Transmission Line Project, which has been facing opposition from local residents of the Gorkha district, Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal.

Europe News

Danish NKT Cables’ 525 kV HVDC cable to support Germany’s Energiewende 

January 23, 2020
Danish supplier of power cable solutions, NKT Cables, has completed the qualification and testing of 525 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) power cables in line with the requirements of upcoming interconnector projects in Germany.

Hellenic Cables bags contract for Skiathos–Mantoudi interconnection in Greece 

January 23, 2020
The Greek Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO), Anexartitos Diacheiristis MetaforasIlektrikis Energeias (ADMIE), has awarded Greek Hellenic Cables and its subsidiary Fulgor, the contract for interconnecting the island of Skiathos with mainland Greece (Mantoudi).

Austrian APG tests DER for grid regulation in new Flex-Hub concept 

January 22, 2020
The Austrian power grid operator, Austrian Power Grid AG (APG), and Energy Web Foundation (EWF) have announced the launch of a blockchain proof-of-concept (PoC) using small-scale distributed energy resources (DER) to help regulate and balance the country’s power grid.

SSE Renewables starts onshore construction for Dogger Bank offshore wind projects in UK 

January 20, 2020
SSE Renewables, a subsidiary of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), has begun the onshore construction for the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank offshore wind farm to be located 130 km off the North East coast in the North Sea.

Middle East & Africa News

SANG awards SAR175 million substation contracts in Saudi Arabia [free access]

January 23, 2020
The Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) has awarded substation contracts worth SAR175 million to Saudi-based construction companies—Mohammed Al Ojaimi Establishment (Al Ojaimi) and Saudi Services for Electro Mechanical (SSEM).

TCN installs 300 MVA transformer at 330 kV Asaba substation in Nigeria 

January 23, 2020
Recently, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has installed a 300 MVA power transformer at the 330/132 kV Asaba substation in Delta State.

Kuwait’s MEW awards KWD3.4 million 300 kV cable contract 

January 22, 2020
Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has recently awarded a KWD3.4 million contract to local company, Return Investment Company for General Trading, for the supply and installation of a 300 kV underground cable (UGC) for connecting the FRRD’W’ and SDIQ’W’ substations.

Mozambique’s MIREME seeks EoIs for AfDB-funded 400 kV OHTL 

January 22, 2020
Mozambique’s Ministério dos Recursos Minerais e Energia (MIREME) or the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) for providing consultancy services for the preparation of technical designs and updating the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study of the 400 kV Songo–Matambo overhead transmission line (OHTL).