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North America News

Xcel Energy completes another segment of Roswell Loop 

July 20, 2017
Xcel Energy has completed another segment of Roswell Loop Transmission Project. Under this, a 10-mile (16-km), 115 kV line between the Capitan and Price substations in north Roswell has been completed.

Staff of Missouri PSC considers rejecting application for Grain Belt project 

July 19, 2017
The staff of Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) has once again suggested that the Commission should reject the application of Clean Line Energy (CLE) for the Grain Belt Express transmission line project.

Canada-based Hydro One to acquire US-based Avista Corporation [free access]

July 19, 2017
Toronto-based Hydro One has planned to move into the US natural gas and electrical transmission business by acquiring Washington-based Avista Corporation for USD4.4 billion.

NPPD completes Stegall to Scottsbluff transmission project 

July 19, 2017
The project consisted of a 23-mile (37-km), 115 kV electric transmission line from the existing Scottsbluff substation to a new Stegall substation built under the project.

Latin America News

Peru’s DGAAE issues favorable opinion for Montalvo–Los Héroes Transmission Project 

July 20, 2017
The Peru’s energy and mines ministry's Dirección General de Asuntos Ambientales Energía (DGAAE) or Directorate General for Environmental Affairs Energy, has issued a favorable opinion for the Montalvo–Los Héroes Transmission Project.

IIC signs USD81 million loan agreement with Terna for 500 kV line in Uruguay 

July 18, 2017
The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB), has signed a USD81 million loan agreement with Italy-based Terna, the largest transmission system operator in Europe, to develop the 500 kV Melo–Tacuarembó transmission line project in Uruguay.

Colombia UPME awards Copey–Cuestecitas and Copey–Fundación projects to ISA 

July 17, 2017
Colombian mining and energy planning unit Unidad de Planeación Minero Energética (UPME) has awarded Copey–Cuestecitas and Copey–Fundación Transmission Lines project to Interconexión Eléctrica (ISA) through a public bidding process.

Costa Rican ICE takes measures to protect national grid from outages [free access]

July 17, 2017
Costa Rican energy firm Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) is taking measures to protect the national electric system from being affected again by a failure in the regional interconnected system, like the one that caused a recent nationwide blackout.

Asia-Pacific News

Indian state utility to invest INR125 billion to expand transmission network 

July 17, 2017
Indian state transmission utility Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited (GETCO) is likely to invest INR125 billion for expanding the transmission network of the Indian state of Gujarat by 2022.

Kazakhstan government adopts law to consolidate regional transmission companies 

July 17, 2017
The Kazakhstan government has recently adopted a law on “Amendments and Additions to Some Legislative Acts on Electricity Issues”, which involves the consolidation of all the regional power transmission companies in Kazakhstan.

India forms committee to reduce the transmission network’s vulnerability 

July 17, 2017
The Indian government has formed a committee headed by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), along with representatives from the Ministry of Power (MoP), Ministry of Commerce, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) and private domestic industry in order to find solutions to reduce transmission network’s vulnerability to Chinese equipment in the backdrop of the recent Sino-Indian border tension.

Philippines DoE identifies transmission line upgradation for Negros Island 

July 17, 2017
The Philippines’ Department of Energy (DoE) has identified the upgradation of transmission lines as a solution to reduce brownouts in the Negros Island Region.

Europe News

Netherlands’s TSO TenneT launches tenders for 380 kV PSTs 

July 21, 2017
The Netherlands’s transmission system operator (TSO)TenneT TSO BV, has invited international competitive bids for the supply and assembly of three 1,000 MVA, 380 kV naturally air-cooled (ONAN) phase-shifting transformers (PSTs).

KfW Development Bank seeks EoIs for Albania’s network development plan 

July 21, 2017
The KfW Development Bank has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) for undertaking consultancy services for the development of a network development and investment plan for the 110 kV to 400 kV transmission network in Albania.

Canyon Offshore to trench cables for 1.4 GW North Sea Link 

July 20, 2017
Prysmian PowerLink S.r.l has subcontracted Canyon Offshore Limited, a subsidiary of US’s Helix Energy Solutions Group, for cable trenching services on the 1.4 GW North Sea Link between the UK and Norway.

Czech CEZ Distribuce invests CZK550 million in 400 kV Prestice substation 

July 19, 2017
Czech Republic's power utility CEZ Distribuce has invested CZK550 million in the refurbishment of the 400/220/110/22 kV Prestice substation.

Middle East & Africa News

ZESCO announces tender for 132 kV lines in Zambia 

July 21, 2017
The state-run Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) has invited international competitive bids for supply of overhead lines under the European Investment Bank (EIB)-fundedLusaka Power Transmission and Distribution Network (LPTDN).

China’s CAMCE wins USD131 million transmission project in Kenya 

July 18, 2017
China CAMC Engineering Company Limited (CAMCE) has signed a USD131 million contract with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya for a power transmission and transformation project to be located in central and northern regions of Kenya.

Egypt, Saudi to award interconnection contracts in August [free access]

July 16, 2017
Egypt and Saudi Arabia have indefinitely postponed the workshop scheduled to address concerns of companies competing on award of cables and transformers meant for the Egypt–Saudi Arabia interconnection.

Egyptian EEHC to ink EGP37 billion loan agreement with local banks 

July 16, 2017
State-owned Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) is all set to sign a loan agreement worth EGP37 billion with the Egyptian banks —National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and Banque Misr (BM)