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North America News

Wataynikaneyap Power seeks approval from OEB for grid project [free access]

June 13, 2018
Wataynikaneyap Power — a licensed transmission company owned by 20 First Nations communities and FortisOntario Incorporated (FortisOntario), a subsidiary of Fortis Incorporated, has filed its application for the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), for its approval.

GridAmerica Holdings holds open solicitation for Northeast Renewable Link project 

June 12, 2018
GridAmerica Holdings Inc., an indirect and wholly-owned subsidiary of National Grid and Citizens Energy, has initiated an open solicitation process on June 6, 2018, for interested parties to negotiate an allocation of up to 100 per cent of the 600 MW of capacity on its Northeast Renewable Link transmission project.

ABB formally transfers Maritime Link to Canadian Emera Incorporated 

June 12, 2018
Swedish-Swiss equipment and technology major ABB has formally handed over the Maritime Link to Emera Incorporated, after successful testing it in January 2018.

USDA advances USD309 million loans for rural electric infrastructure investments 

June 11, 2018
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee programme, has announced USD309 million worth of investment in 16 infrastructure projects for the expansion and refurbishment of rural electric infrastructure across the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota and Washington.

Latin America News

Panama-based ETESA hosts meeting for Chiriqui Grande–Panama III project tender 

June 14, 2018
Panamanian state-owned electricity transmission company Empresa de Transmision Electrica (ETESA) organised a consultation and standardisation meeting with representatives from companies interested in participating in the tender for the construction of the Chiriqui Grande–Panama III fourth power transmission line on 13 June, 2018. Also known as the fourth line, the project will connect Chiriqui province (located on the western coast) to Panama.

TESUR 2 completes 220 kV Azángaro–Juliaca–Puno line project in Peru 

June 12, 2018
Peru-based Transmisora ​​Eléctrica del Sur 2 (TESUR 2), directly owned by Red Eléctrica del Sur S.A. (Redesur), a subsidiary of Red Eléctrica International (the international branch of Spanish power transmission giant Red Eléctrica de España), has commissioned the 220 kV Azángaro–Juliaca–Puno Transmission Line Project.

Colombian UPME issues preliminary bidding document for 220 kV project in Barranquilla 

June 8, 2018
Colombian mining and energy planning unit Unidad de Planeación Minero Energética (UPME) has published preliminary bidding documents for the selection of an investor and an auditor for the design, acquisition of supplies, and construction, operation and maintenance of the 220 kV El Rio substation and associated transmission lines.

IaDB seeks consultants for Brazil–Bolivia grid interconnector [free access]

June 6, 2018
The Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB), in partnership with Brazilian state-owned power company Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. (Eletrobras) and Bolivian state energy company Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE), has issued a request for proposal (RfP) to provide consultancy services to interconnect Brazilian and Bolivian grids.

Asia-Pacific News

POWERGRID awards INR1.67 billion transmission supply contracts [free access]

June 14, 2018
India's centrally-owned transmission utility Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) has awarded two equipment contracts worth INR1.67 billion.

World Bank signs loan agreement for NTMP-I project in Pakistan 

June 14, 2018
The World Bank and Pakistan government have signed a USD425 million loan agreement for the execution of the National Transmission Modernization Project-I (NTMP-I) aimed at improving the national power system.

Consultancy service tender launched for CASA 1000 project 

June 14, 2018
The Intergovernmental Council (IGC) CASA 1000 has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for providing consultancy services for developing the operating strategy for the high voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission system associated with the Central Asia South Asia 1000 (CASA 1000) project.

India's POWERGRID receives Board approval for high voltage projects 

June 11, 2018
Indian transmission network developer Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) has recently received investment approval from its Board of Directors to implement three high voltage transmission projects.

Europe News

NSI project between Ireland and Northern Ireland faces further objections 

June 13, 2018
Northern Ireland’s Department of Infrastructure is stressing the urgency surrounding a legal challenge to its decision of approving the North-South Interconnector (NSI) project between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

German ministry to soon present Bill for power grid expansion 

June 13, 2018
The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is expected to present a draft Bill to speed up the expansion of electricity transmission grids before its parliament breaks for the summer.

Dutch TSO and Innogy to investigate future connections across North Sea 

June 13, 2018
Germany-based energy company Innogy and Dutch transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT have signed a letter of intent (LoI) to jointly investigate the opportunities and challenges of setting up offshore wind cross-border interconnectors across the North Sea.

Dutch TSO partners with Vattenfall to explore offshore connection with UK 

June 13, 2018
Dutch transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT Holding BV is partnering with Swedish utility Vattenfall AB to look into a potential connection between Dutch and UK offshore wind farms, called WindConnector.

Middle East & Africa News

Nigeria’s TCN adds 330 MVA transformer capacity to grid [free access]

June 13, 2018
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has added 330 MVA of transformer capacity to its grid, with the installation of four transformers in Kaduna state.

Algeria plans to export electricity to Libya and Tunisia 

June 12, 2018
Algeria has plans to export 3,000 MW of electricity to Libya and 300 MW to Tunisia, once the transmission lines between Algeria and the two countries are ready

Qatari KAHRAMAA operationalises 132/33 kV Al Waab City Metro substation 

June 11, 2018
Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) has put into operation the QAR100 million, 132/33 kV Al Waab City Metro substation.

SONATREL invites consultancy bids for Cameroon’s transmission system 

June 8, 2018
Cameroon’s state-owned Société nationale de transport de l'électricité (SONATREL) has invited bids for providing consultancy services for undertaking feasibility studies, preliminary design and preparation of tender documents for the execution of electrification projects for the extension of Southern and Eastern Interconnected Networks or the Réseaux Interconnectés Sud et Est (RIS).