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North America News

FirstEnergy to complete USD26 million grid upgradation project in Ohio by end-December 

December 7, 2017
FirstEnergy Corporation and its subsidiaries are rebuilding and modernising an existing transmission line to enhance service reliability for Ohio Edison customers in Portage and Trumbull counties.

PJM Interconnection approves USD318 million worth transmission projects 

December 6, 2017
PJM Interconnection Board has approved USD318 million worth of electric transmission projects to ensure efficient and reliable power supplies for its 65 million customers.

Developers complete Merrimack Valley Reliability Project 

December 6, 2017
Eversource Energy and National Grid have completed the construction works of the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project (MVRP) on schedule.

Virginia SCC delays decision on Dominion’s 230 kV Haymarket project 

December 6, 2017
The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) has announced that it will host new hearings for the Haymarket 230 kV line and substation project proposed by Dominion Virginia Power.

Latin America News

Brazilian MME approves 10-year energy plan 

December 8, 2017
Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has approved the Plano Decenal de Expansão de Energia 2026 or Decennial Energy Expansion Plan 2026 (PDE 2026).

Mexican SENER issues pre-bidding rules for Baja California–SIN Interconnection project 

December 7, 2017
Mexico’s Secretaría de Energía (SENER) or Ministry of Energy has issued pre-bidding rules for the tender for financing, installation, maintenance, management and operation of the Baja California–SIN Interconnection project.

Paraguayan ANDE receives USD150 million loan for grid improvement project 

December 6, 2017
Paraguay’s state-owned power company Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) and the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) or the Latin American Development Bank, have signed a loan agreement for an amount of USD150 million for the Electricity Transmission and Distribution System of the Metropolitan System of Paraguay Improvement - Phase II project.

Chinese companies to invest in Chile’s power sector 

December 4, 2017
Chinese companies are reportedly showing interest in electricity transmission, power generation and hydrocarbons projects in Chile. Nearly a dozen Chinese firms have been visiting the latter with a view to start operations or acquire local assets.

Asia-Pacific News

Indian government expedites work on HV projects in J&K state 

December 7, 2017
The Indian government is making all efforts to expedite the work on two high voltage (HV) transmission projects in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

ABB completes testing of ±1,100 kV transformer for UHV DC line in China 

December 7, 2017
Swedish-Swiss company ABB has completed a series of type tests of a ±1,100 kV transformer to be supplied for the world’s first 1,100 kV ultra high voltage direct current (UHV DC) project being developed by Chinese grid company State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).

Philippines NGCP seeks ERC’s approval for additional capex [free access]

December 4, 2017
Philippines National Grid Corporation of Philippines (NGCP) is seeking the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) approval for additional capital expenditure (capex) worth PHP62.32 billion to be spent between 2017 and beyond 2020 for 23 vital grid expansion and reliability projects, the bulk of which will be in Luzon.

Nepal government proposes infra projects under BRI 

December 4, 2017
The Nepal government has proposed a preliminary list of road (6), railway (1), transmission line (1), and drinking water (2) projects under the Belt and Road Initiatives (BRI) project.

Europe News

Ukraine’s TSO seeks bids for replacement works at 330 kV Artema substation 

December 8, 2017
Ukraine’s transmission system operator (TSO) Ukrenergo has invited competitive bids for the replacement of a 330/110/35 kV autotransformer and relay protection devices at the 330 kV Artema substation near Kharkiv.

British TSO awards Siemens transformers contract for UK–France link [free access]

December 7, 2017
British transmission system operator (TSO) National Grid has selected Siemens to supply four 400 kV, 315 MVA transformers for the upgradation of 2 GW, 73-km-long, high voltage direct current (HVDC) cross-channel link between the UK and France.

Germany’s TSO starts construction of 380 kV Meppen–Dörpen West line 

December 7, 2017
Germany’s transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT has started construction of the 30-km-long, 380 kV line connecting Meppen in North-Rhine Westphalia with the grid hub at Dörpen West, Lower Saxony.

EU opens EUR138.3 million call for projects under Horizon 2018-20 

December 5, 2017
The European Union (EU) has opened a call for projects focusing on smart cities, smart energy systems or renewable fuels

Middle East & Africa News

Ethiopia–Kenya interconnector project makes steady progress 

December 5, 2017
Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) and Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) are together developing a ±500 kV transmission line to connect the two countries, which is making steady progress.

Zambia, Tanzania seek financing for interconnection project with Kenya 

December 5, 2017
African nations Zambia and Tanzania are seeking funds for the implementation of the Zambia–Tanzania–Kenya (ZTK) interconnection project. The two countries, together with Kenya, are developing a 2,300-km-long transmission line, linking the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) and the East African Power Pool (EAPP).

World Bank extends USD406 million grant for expansion of Nigeria’s grid operations 

November 27, 2017
The state-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has secured a grant of USD406 million from the World Bank for the execution of its transmission expansion projects across the country.

AfDB extends USD97.79 million for Ethiopia’s T&D project [free access]

November 27, 2017
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a USD83.64 million loan and USD14.15 million grant to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.