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Appalachian Power announces Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project 

November 8, 2019
Appalachian Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), plans to upgrade the aging electric transmission grid in Virginia under its Central Virginia Transmission Reliability Project. The project will be implemented in several phases over the next few years.

DoE announces USD80 million funding for grid modernisation projects [free access]

November 6, 2019
The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced funding of approximately USD80 million over three years to fund 23 projects across the country to modernise its grid. Tennessee-based Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is expected to receive approximately USD10 million to support nine projects.

New Jersey Superior Court rules in favour of Montville-Whippany Reinforcement Project 

November 6, 2019
On November 1, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court rejected a request from the Montville Board of Education (BoE), to overturn the decision of the State Board of Public Utilities (BPU) of approving Montville-Whippany Reinforcement Project, being proposed by Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corporation.

GridLiance Heartland files revised application with FERC to acquire transmission assets of EEInc 

November 5, 2019
GridLiance Heartland LLC (a subsidiary of US-based GridLiance) has filed a revised application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), seeking approval to acquire transmission assets of Electric Energy, Inc. (EEInc).

Latin America News

Brazilian government ratifies construction of Engenheiro Lechuga–Boa Vista project 

November 8, 2019
The Brazilian government ratified the construction of Engenheiro Lechuga–Equador–Boa Vista Transmission Line Project being developed by Transnorte Energia S.A, a consortium between Brazilian energy firms—Centrais Elétricas do Norte do Brasil S.A. (Eletronorte) (49 per cent) and Alupar Investimento S.A. (51 per cent).

Brazilian government signs Privatisation Bill for Eletrobras 

November 7, 2019
The Brazilian President has signed the Bill authorising privatisation of the state-owned power company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (Eletrobras) in the second half of 2020.

Political and economic instability delays two major energy projects in Argentina 

November 7, 2019
Argentina has postponed the development of two major energy projects to 2020 due to political and economic uncertainty, which has made power companies unwilling to commit to big infrastructure investments.

Indian Sterlite to sell its Brazilian SPV to V2i Transmissão de Energia for USD35 million 

November 6, 2019
India’s Sterlite Power Transmission Limited has agreed to sell its special purpose vehicle (SPV), Arcoverde Transmissora de Energia, to V2i Transmissão de Energia S.A., funded by Vinci Energia Fundo de Investimento em Participações em Infraestrutura (Vinci Energia FIP-IE)), for USD35 million.

Asia-Pacific News

Vietnam’s Ministry proposes first private investment in 500 kV line project 

November 8, 2019
Vietnam’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOIT) has submitted a proposal to the Prime Minister for a project involving construction of a solar power plant and a 500 kV line in Ninh Thuan Province, by the Chun Nam Group.

India’s MoP to reconstitute National Committee on Transmission 

November 7, 2019
India’s Ministry of Power (MoP) has decided to reconstitute the National Committee on Transmission (NCT) with amendments in its terms of reference (TOR).

ADB approves loan for improved power transmission in Indian state 

November 7, 2019
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of USD451 million for the Chennai–Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor (CKIC): Power Sector Investment Project, which aims to improve power connectivity between the southern and northern parts of the CKIC in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Pakistan’s NEPRA grants license to Sindh for power transmission 

November 7, 2019
Pakistan’s National Electric Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has granted a transmission license to Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company to function as a provisional grid firm.

Europe News

Nexans bags cable supply contract from SSE Renewables in Scotland 

November 7, 2019
French copper and optical fibre cable manufacturer, Nexans, has secured a power export cable supply contract from SSE Renewables, a subsidiary of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), for the Seagreen offshore wind farm project in the North Sea.

EU PROMOTioN project recommends realisation of North Sea power grid 

November 6, 2019
According to the European Union (EU)-funded research project PROMOTioN—Progress on Offshore Meshed high voltage direct current (HVDC) Transmission Networks—the countries in the proximity of the North Sea should implement a harmonised regulatory and economic framework, to effectively exploit the potential of a meshed offshore grid in the North Sea.

EC approves OFTO acquisition for Walney Extension wind farm in UK 

November 6, 2019
The European Commission (EC) has approved the acquisition of joint control over UK-based Diamond Transmission Partners Walney Extension (Holdings) Limited by Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited [(DTC),(a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation)], Infrared Capital Partners Limited (IRCP), and Chubu Electric Power Company.

ACER amends regional design of LTTRs in 13 European countries 

November 5, 2019
The European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) has published its decision amending the common regional design of long-term transmission rights (LTTRs) in the Core Capacity Calculation Region (CCR).

Middle East & Africa News

GCCIA, Egypt, Jordan sign MoU to establish 400 kV transmission link 

November 7, 2019
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a non-disclosure agreement have been signed between the Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MERE), Jordan’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), for a connecting the proposed Cairo (Egypt)–Amman (Jordan) line to the GCC’s interconnection project.

WAPP discusses power sector development in West Africa [free access]

November 7, 2019
During the West African Power Pool’s (WAPP) 14th General Assembly meeting, the organisation proposed its plans to construct a central control centre by 2020 for managing and operating the electricity grids of West African countries.

Ugandan UETCL seeks bids for IsDB-funded 132 kV project 

November 7, 2019
State-owned Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) has invited international competitive bids for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the 132/33 kV and 220/132/33 kV substations.

Uganda’s UETCL requests regulator to raise budget to UGX5 trillion 

November 5, 2019
State-owned Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) has asked the country’s Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) to sanction an increased budget for the implementation of various projects.