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New Hampshire SEC conducts public hearing for Seacoast Reliability Project 

October 12, 2018
The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) hosted a public meeting for the Seacoast Reliability Project in Portsmouth on October 11, 2018, as a part of its approval process.

NYPA secures approval of USD124 million for Moses–Adirondack Smart Path Reliability Project 

October 11, 2018
The Board of Trustees of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) have approved USD124 million worth of funding for the Moses–Adirondack Smart Path Reliability Project.

KCC extends construction commencement deadline of Grain Belt Express transmission project 

October 10, 2018
The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has extended the deadline for the commencement of construction works on the Grain Belt Express transmission project, until March 1, 2019.

Pueblo County to hold public hearing for Canon West Reliability Project 

October 10, 2018
Pueblo County has scheduled a public hearing for the Canon West Reliability Project on October 17, 2018.



Latin America News


Brazilian ANEEL approves funds for 110 kV transmission line [free access]

October 10, 2018
Brazil’s energy regulator, Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) has approved a BRL119 million worth of funding to Amazonas Distribuidora to connect the city of Itacoatiara to the country's principal power grid, Sistema Interconectado Nacional (SIN).

Colombian UPME declares 110 kV tender void 

October 10, 2018
Colombian mining and energy planning unit Unidad de Planeación Minero Energética (UPME) has declared its UPME STR 03-2018 tender void.

Chilean CEN launches second call for zonal transmission expansion projects 

October 8, 2018
Chilean national power grid coordinator Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional (CEN) has launched a second international call to carry out zonal power transmission expansions, which were not awarded during the first tender.

Mexican SENER postpones tender deadline of Baja California–SIN project to February 2019 

October 8, 2018
Mexico’s Secretaría de Energía (SENER) or Ministry of Energy has postponed the deadline for submission of proposals for the Baja California–Sistema Interconectado Nacional (SIN) interconnection to February 1, 2019.



Asia-Pacific News


India’s KEC wins construction contract for 400 kV line in Bangladesh 

October 9, 2018
Indian engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) major KEC International Limited has a secured new contract worth INR14.96 billion for design, supply and installation of 400 kV Meghnaghat– Madunaghat double-circuit transmission line in Bangladesh.

Nepal’s NEA to complete work on Kabeli Corridor by December 2018 

October 9, 2018
Nepal’s state-owned Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is expected to complete works on the Kabeli Corridor Transmission Line project by December 2018.

World Bank approves USD310 million loan for India’s state transmission network 

October 8, 2018
The World Bank has approved a loan worth USD310 million for the Jharkhand Power System Improvement Project (JPSIP), which will help in increasing transmission capacity in the state of Jharkhand and strengthen the institutional capacity of state-owned power transmission and distribution utilities.

India’s MEIL completes Kaleshwaram Project Link-1 transmission project on time 

October 8, 2018
Indian engineering construction and procurement (EPC) company Megha Engineering & Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) was awarded the contract for all the power transmission systems associated with the Kaleshwaram Project Link-1 project in April 2017.



Europe News


Russian FGC UES completes two 220 kV transmission projects 

October 12, 2018
Russia’s Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES) has completed works on two 220 kV projects.

Baltics TSOs apply for EU funding for power grid synchronisation project 

October 11, 2018
Baltic power transmission system operators (TSOs) have submitted an application to the European Commission (EC) seeking funding for the first stage of the synchronisation of the Baltic power grids with the continental European system.

British regulator launches Tender Round 6 under OFTO regime [free access]

October 10, 2018
The British energy regulator Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is planning to soon launch Tender Round 6 (TR6) for owning and operating GBP2 billion worth of the electricity transmission links associated with offshore wind projects.

SSEN proposes 600 MW transmission link to Scottish mainland 

October 9, 2018
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), a subsidiary of Scotland's Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE), has submitted a final needs case to the British energy regulator Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), for a subsea transmission cable to connect the Shetland Isles to the Scottish mainland.



Middle East & Africa News


Ghana, Burkina Faso inaugurate 225 kV power interconnection 

October 10, 2018
Recently, the Société Nationale d'Electricité du Burkina (SONABEL) and Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) inaugurated the 225 kV Bolgatanga–Ouagadougou Interconnection, which was executed by the French company Eiffage Energie.

Nigerian TCN to construct five substations for boosting power supply 

October 10, 2018
State-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) will invest about USD170 million for the construction of five new transmission substations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. In addition, the utility will construct a new transmission route from Lafia in Nasarawa State to Abuja.

Oman’s Nama plans to sell 49 per cent stake in OETC [free access]

October 9, 2018
Oman’s state-owned Nama Holding plans to sell 49 per cent of its stake in the Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC), and has received approval from the Government of the Sultanate of Oman to proceed with the sale.

TCN commissions 330/132 kV Damaturu substation in Nigeria 

October 9, 2018
State-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has commissioned the 330/132 kV transmission substation in Damaturu, 12 years after a local contractor failed to complete the project.