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North America News

Xcel Energy seeks CPCN from North Dakota PSC for Maple River–Red River project 

September 15, 2017
Xcel Energy has filed an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) with the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) for the 115 kV Maple River–Red River Transmission Line Project.

Appalachian Power seeks public comments on Dearington–Rivermont Transmission Project 

September 14, 2017
Appalachian Power plans to upgrade its existing transmission system in Lynchburg, through the USD20 million Dearington–Rivermont Transmission Project that will replace the existing aging infrastructure with advanced systems.

I&M to invest USD48 million in Muncie–Anderson Transmission Line Rebuild Project 

September 13, 2017
American Electric Power (AEP) unit Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to invest about USD48 million in the Muncie–Anderson Transmission Line Rebuild Project to improve the electric transmission system in East Central Indiana.

ACC approves CEC for SRP’s Price Road Corridor project [free access]

September 12, 2017
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has granted approval for a certificate of environmental compatibility (CEC) for the Price Road Corridor (PRC) project to deliver power in the area of Chandler.

Latin America News

Brazilian government to reveal Eletrobras’ privatisation process by end-September 

September 14, 2017
The Brazilian government is likely to reveal details of its privatisation process for its largest state-owned electricity company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (Eletrobras), by the end of this month, to meet its target to complete the sell-off by mid-2018.

Brazil's CPFL Energia completes BRL100 million 500 kV Morro Agudo substation 

September 14, 2017
Reportedly, CPFL Energia SA, one of Brazil’s largest private electricity companies and a subsidiary of China’s state-owned State Grid Corporation of Chine (SGCC), has completed the 500/138 kV Morro Agudo substation in São Paulo.

Chile to close energy swap deal with Argentina soon 

September 7, 2017
Chile is planning to close an energy swap deal with Argentina soon as part of its efforts to increase economic integration with the South American nations.

Government likely to restrict the share of private investors in Eletrobras [free access]

September 5, 2017
Reportedly, Brazil is planning to put a cap on the share of investment a private player could have in the country’s largest state-owned electricity company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (Eletrobras) at 2 per cent to 5 per cent, regardless of whether they are domestic or foreign investors.

Asia-Pacific News

L&T secures substation contract from Thailand’s EGAT [free access]

September 12, 2017
Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has secured a contract from Thailand’s Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) for substation works.

Nepal’s NEA to consider alternate routes for 132 kV line project 

September 12, 2017
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is likely to consider alternate routes for the 132 kV Butwal–Mainahiya transmission line project as the Department of Roads (DoR) rejected the Yogikoti–Kotihawa road section of Siddhartha Highway for building the transmission line.

EXIM China and Tajikistan sign loan agreement for 500 kV project 

September 11, 2017
The Government of Tajikistan signed a loan agreement with Export Import (EXIM) Bank of China for the implementation of a 500 kV transmission project in Tajikistan.

ADB to provide USD150 million loan for Nepal’s T&D project 

September 11, 2017
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a loan of USD150 million to the Nepal government for implementation of the Power Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Efficiency Enhancement Project. A concessional loan agreement for the project was signed between ADB and Nepal’s power utility Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in June 2017.

Europe News

British NGVL and Danish TSO seek bidders for UXO survey for Viking link 

September 15, 2017
British National Grid Viking Link (NGVL) and Danish transmission system operator (TSO) have invited international competitive bids for undertaking Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXO) survey and inspection services as part of the 400 kV Viking Link between the UK and Denmark.

British National Grid starts works on 1 GW Nemo Link with Belgium 

September 14, 2017
Britain’s transmission system operator (TSO) National Grid has started cable installation works for the UK’s part of the 1 GW Nemo Link, a subsea interconnector between the UK and Belgium.

Finnish Yara to buy land for 110 kV Siilinjärvi–Lapinlahti line 

September 11, 2017
Finnish fertiliser company Yara Suomi Oy has obtained a state permit to purchase privately-owned land for the construction of a 16.7-km-long, 110 kV line from the company's Siilinjärvi mine to Finnish transmission system operator (TSO) Fingrid’s Alapitkä substation in Lapinlahti.

Polish utility completes 110 kV substation project 

September 11, 2017
Polish distribution utility PGE Dystrybucja has completed a 110 kV substation project in Gorzyce, Podkarpackie province, which constitutes an important distribution junction in Poland's 110 kV network.

Middle East & Africa News

Spain to nominate new contractor for stalled LTWP transmission line in Kenya 

September 14, 2017
The Kenyan Government has asked the Spanish Government to nominate a new firm to complete construction works on the stalled 400 kV Loiyangalani to Suswa transmission line.

GE attains financial closure for Egyptian substations contract [free access]

September 12, 2017
General Electric (GE) has secured financial closure for a USD250 million substation contract awarded by Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC).

UAE’s ADWEA to award 400 kV Al Dhafrah substation contract by end-2017 

September 4, 2017
United Arab Emirates' (UAE) state-owned Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) is expected to award the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the 400 kV Al Dhafrah substation by the end of 2017.

Siemens to modernise converter transformers for Mozambique’s HVDC link 

September 4, 2017
Swedish-Swiss Siemens is modernising 15 converter transformers at the Songo converter station at the Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique.