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GlidePath Power initiates construction of power storage project in Texas 

June 19, 2019
The energy storage developer GlidePath Power Solutions LLC has begun construction on the Prospect Storage facility in Texas. Located roughly 50 miles (80.5 km) south of Houston, Prospect Storage is a utility-scale, distribution-connected standalone battery storage project.

North Dakota PSC rejects 345 kV transmission project [free access]

June 18, 2019
The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) has rejected a siting permit application for NextEra Energy Resources LLC's Burke Wind Project and an associated transmission line, citing concerns about wildlife.

Entergy Texas to complete Western Region Economic Project by 2020 

June 18, 2019
Entergy Texas is planning to complete the Western Region Economic Project by 2020. The project calls for the construction of a new transmission line and upgrades in existing line and facilities, and was launched by Entergy Texas to support the rising power demand of the region.

Atlantic City Electric upgrading southern New Jersey grid 

June 18, 2019
Delaware-based Atlantic City Electric is completing works on three major infrastructure projects in southern New Jersey.

Latin America News

500 kV Cardones–Polpaico transmission project commissioned in Chile 

June 21, 2019
The 500 kV Cardones–Polpaico transmission project has been inaugurated in Chile.

Mainstream Renewable Power and Transelec sign Chilean transmission contract 

June 19, 2019
Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power and Chilean power transmission company Transelec SA have signed a contract to design and build a transmission line that will connect the former’s 293 MWp of solar parks to the national electric system in Chile.

Mexico announces project to replace Baja California Sur–SIN Interconnection 

June 19, 2019
Mexican regulators have announced a gas-fuelled power plant in substitution of the submarine transmission line project to interconnect Baja California Sur with the national grid. The generation plant is being developed at Pichilingue port by private investors.

Paraguay-based ANDE invites bids for 220 kV transmission project [free access]

June 14, 2019
Paraguay’s state-owned power company Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) has invited international competitive bids for the supply of equipment and material, and undertaking construction works for the expansion of the Parque Caballero and Puerto Botánico substations and construction of the 220 kV Villa Hayes–Puerto Botánico–Parque Caballero line.

Asia-Pacific News

Indian state seeks approval for extending GEC network deadline 

June 21, 2019
The government of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is seeking approval from the Ministry of Power (MoP) for extending the deadline for the establishment of the intra-state green energy corridor (GEC) transmission network for renewable energy (RE) projects in the Indian state.

Pakistan’s NTDC seeks bids for World Bank-funded project 

June 20, 2019
Pakistan’s National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has invited international competitive bids for the extension/augmentation of various grid stations associated with National Transmission Modernisation Project-I, which is being funded by the World Bank.

ASEAN to boost infrastructure in Lao PDR and Myanmar [free access]

June 17, 2019
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), representing ten countries in Southeast Asia, has unveiled 19 projects to boost infrastructure in its member states.

ABB bags HVDC converter station contracts from South Korean KEPCO 

June 13, 2019
Switzerland-based ABB has bagged a contract from South Korean power utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), for the construction of two new high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations linking the mainland with Jeju island.

Europe News

EC and Baltic counties sign roadmap for Baltic grid synchronisation project 

June 20, 2019
The European Commission (EC), along with Prime Ministers of Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Latvia, have signed the political roadmap for implementation of the Baltic power grids' synchronisation with the European network via Poland.

Greek government withdraws support to EU grant application for Crete–Attica link 

June 20, 2019
Reportedly, the Greek Government has not agreed to sign the EuroAsia Interconnector Limited’s (EIL) (a subsidiary of Cyprus-based Quantum Energy Limited) application to receive a grant of EUR355 million from European Union (EU) funds for construction of the Crete–Attica link.

TenneT makes progress on German-section of NordLink interconnector 

June 19, 2019
German transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT has started to lay the 54-km-long, underground cable (UGC) section (in Germany) of the 1,400 MW NordLink interconnector project.

Prysmian Group bags EUR140 million DolWin5 contract in Germany [free access]

June 18, 2019
German power transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT has awarded a EUR140 million turnkey contract to the Italian Prysmian Group for the DolWin5 offshore grid connection project.

Middle East & Africa News

Oman’s OETC awards USD29 million, 132 kV transmission contract to ONEIC 

June 19, 2019
Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) has awarded a USD28.8 million contract to Oman National Engineering & Investment Company (ONEIC) for the construction of the 2x63 MVA, 132 kV Mirbat grid station and associated 132 kV overhead line (OHL) connecting Ashoor and Mirbat grid stations.

Bahrain’s EWA launches 220 kV Seef–Prince Salman City line 

June 18, 2019
Recently, Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) launched the 12-km-long, 220 kV line connecting the Seef and Prince Salman city districts.

Ethiopia–Kenya HVDC link to go online by early 2020 

June 18, 2019
As per reports, the Ethiopia–Kenya high voltage direct current (HVDC) link is expected to go online by early 2020. While the Ethiopian portion of the Interconnector was recently commissioned, the Kenyan portion is 90 per cent complete and is expected to be completed by early 2020.

EXIM Bank of India seeks prequalification bids for lines and substations in Sierra Leone 

June 14, 2019
The Export Import (EXIM) Bank of India has invited prequalification bids for hiring Project Management Consultants (PMC) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of 225 kV double-circuit, 66 kV multi-circuit/double-circuit and 33 kV single-circuit transmission lines and associated substations in Sierra Leone.