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North America News

Iowa Utilities Board approves 345 kV Cardinal–Hickory Creek project 

May 27, 2020
Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has approved the Cardinal–Hickory Creek transmission line project, being jointly developed by American Transmission Company (ATC), ITC Midwest LLC, and Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC).

Great River Energy and Form Energy sign contract for energy storage project 

May 26, 2020
Massachusetts-based Form Energy, a company developing energy storage for the grid, signed a contract with Minnesota-based utility, Great River Energy, to jointly deploy a 1 MW/150 MWh pilot project to be located in Cambridge, Minnesota.

New York PSC reviews power grid modernisation plans [free access]

May 25, 2020
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued an order on May 14, initiating a proceeding to review power grid modernisation plans as a part of the state’s Renewable Energy Growth Act (REGA). An initial report of the findings and recommendations of the review is to be submitted by December 31, 2020.

Eversource Energy invests in grid modernisation 

May 21, 2020
Eversource Energy is investing in reliability enhancements and system improvement projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Latin America News

Mexican CRE approves new rates for electricity providers [free access]

May 29, 2020
Mexico’s energy regulatory commission, Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE), has approved the new rates that private electricity providers must pay to the national power utility, Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), for power transmission.

Brazilian TESA energises Itabirito 2–Vespasiano 2 transmission line 

May 26, 2020
Brazilian Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica S.A. (TESA) has energised the 500 kV, 85 km Itabirito 2–Vespasiano 2 transmission line in Minas Gerais state.

ENDE constructs 245 kV substations for Santa Cruz Wind Project in Argentina 

May 25, 2020
ENDE Transmisión SA Bolivia and its subsidiary ENDE Transmision Argentina SA (ETASA) are constructing the substations of the Santa Cruz Wind Project, which includes the Warnes, San Julián and El Dorado wind farms in Argentina.

Colombian UPME issues preliminary document for energy storage system 

May 21, 2020
Colombian mining and energy planning unit, Unidad de Planeación Minero Energética (UPME), has issued a preliminary document for inviting bids for selecting investors and auditors for the design, acquisition of supplies, construction, and operation and maintenance of storage systems for electrical energy with batteries, in the department of Atlántico.

Asia-Pacific News

Pakistan’s NTDC energises 500 kV Haveli Bahadur Shah–Gatti power line 

May 28, 2020
Pakistan’s state-owned, high voltage network developer, National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC), has energised the 500 kV, double-circuit Haveli Bahadur Shah–Gatti power line.

Eurasian Development Bank acquires bonds of Kazakhstan’s KEGOC 

May 28, 2020
The Eurasian Development Bank has acquired bonds worth more than KZT8 billion of Kazakhstan’s grid developer, JSC Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Management Company (KEGOC).

220 kV Beijiang substation put into operation in China 

May 26, 2020
The 220 kV Beijiang substation was recently put into operation by the Chinese grid developer, China Southern Power Grid (CSG).

New Zealand’s Transpower carries out NZD2.6 million substation upgrade 

May 26, 2020
New Zealand's power grid operator, Transpower, has completed the upgrade of the 138 kV Woodville substation at a cost of NZD2.6 million.

Europe News

Iberdrola subsidiary awards EUR80 million contract to Prysmian for Saint Brieuc offshore wind farm 

May 28, 2020
Ailes Marines (a simplified joint stock company, held at 100 per cent by Spanish electric utility company Iberdrola) in charge of the development, construction, installation and operation of the French Saint Brieuc offshore wind farm, has awarded the Italian cable company, Prysmian Group, a EUR80 million contract to provide submarine inter-array cable systems for the offshore wind farm.

Greek ADMIE awards major HVDC cable contracts for Crete–Attica link [free access]

May 28, 2020
The Greek Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO), Anexartitos Diacheiristis MetaforasIlektrikis Energeias’ (ADMIE) subsidiary—Ariadne Interconnection—has awarded three separate contracts to the Italian cable company Prysmian Group, French copper optical fibre cable manufacturer Nexans, and the Danish NKT.

Baltic TSOs submit application for CEF funding for grid synchronisation project 

May 28, 2020
The three transmission system operators (TSOs) from the Baltic States—Estonia’s Elering, Latvia’s Augstsprieguma Tikls (AST) and Lithuania’s Litgrid—along with Poland’s TSO, Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE), have submitted a joint application to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for financial support towards the second and final stage for the Baltic grid synchronisation project.

Romanian Transelectrica issues RON230 million tender for 400 kV line 

May 28, 2020
The Romanian national power grid operator, Transelectrica SA, has issued a tender for the construction of the 400 kV Gutinaș–Smârdan double-circuit line, its connection to the 400 kV Gutinaș and Smârdan end substations, and extension of the Gutinaș substation.

Middle East & Africa News

Bids invited for 225 kV Guinea–Mali Electric Interconnection Project 

May 28, 2020
Recently, two tenders were issued for the 225 kV Projetd’ Interconnexion Électrique 225 kV Guinée Mali (PIEGM) or the Guinea–Mali Electric Interconnection Project.

Namibian NamPower to invest NAD10 billion in generation and transmission projects 

May 27, 2020
Namibia's state-owned power utility, Namibia Power Corporation Limited (NamPower), has announced plans to invest NAD10 billion for the implementation of power generation (particularly solar and wind power) and transmission projects in the country over the next three years.

Madagascar receives EUR4 million support from AfDB for 205 MW Sahofika HPP 

May 26, 2020
The African Development Fund (AfDB) has approved a EUR4.02 million loan for financing Madagascar’s EUR30 million, 205 MW Sahofika hydropower project (HPP), which entails construction of the HPP on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis and a 75 km, 220 kV associated transmission line, with 110 km of access roads.

ECOWAS targets to complete USD567 million 330 kV North Core Project by 2023 

May 25, 2020
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries, through the West African Power Pool (WAPP), have targeted to complete the 330 kV North Dorsal Project or the North Core Project, which will connect the grids of Nigeria, Niger, Togo-Benin and Burkina Faso, by 2023.