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North America News

TVA holds public meeting for 161 kV Kenlake transmission project 

December 7, 2018
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) held a public meeting on December 6, 2018 in Murray, Kentucky, to provide information, answer any questions and receive comments for its proposed Kenlake transmission project.

Construction commencement for CHPE project delayed to 2020 

December 6, 2018
The Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) project, proposed to bring up to 1,000 MW of renewable energy to the New York metro area from Canada, is running behind the stipulated schedule as its construction commencement date has been delayed to 2020 by its developers.

ATC and Northern States Power exchange line segments in Wisconsin [free access]

December 5, 2018
The American Transmission Company (ATC) and Northern States Power Company (subsidiary of Xcel Energy) have completed an exchange of sections of two transmission lines in Wisconsin.

Canada’s NRCan announces CAD10.7 million funding for 6 MW battery storage project in Edmonton 

December 5, 2018
The Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), under its Smart Grid Program, has announced an investment of CAD10.7 million in a 6 MW solar-powered battery storage project at the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant in Edmonton.

Latin America News

Colombian UPME awards 500 kV transmission project to ISA [free access]

December 5, 2018
Colombian mining and energy planning unit, Unidad de Planeación Minero Energética (UPME), has awarded an investor contract for the 500 kV Sabanalarga–Bolivar transmission project to Colombian state-owned power company Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. (ISA) for a bid of USD39.5 million.

Colombia and Ecuador sign joint Presidential Declaration to improve energy exchange 

December 4, 2018
Colombia and Ecuador have signed a joint Presidential Declaration, under which they have agreed to expand the binational exchange of energy, build cooperation programmes to share knowledge of the subsoil, and advance the joint work of electrification in border areas.

Argentina signs agreement with US to facilitate private investment in energy 

December 3, 2018
During the G20 submit held on November 30 and December 1 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Argentinian Energy Secretariat signed an important agreement with the US to facilitate private equity investments along the entire value chain of the energy sector.

Bolivian ENDE to complete Argentina–Bolivia interconnection project in 2019 

December 3, 2018
As per the recent update of Ministerio de Energía, Bolivia, ENDE Transmisión Argentina SA (Etasa), an Argentinean subsidiary of the state power company Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) has initiated the construction works of the Argentina section of the Argentina–Bolivia interconnection project.

Asia-Pacific News

GBP signs ancillary services agreement with NGCP in Philippines 

December 7, 2018
The Philippines-based independent power producer (IPP) Global Business Power Corporation (GBP) has entered into an ancillary services procurement agreement (ASPA) with private grid concessionaire National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to support the reliability and security of the country’s power grid.

SGCC completes 220 kV SSSC demonstration project in Tianjin, China 

December 6, 2018
Chinese State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) has completed the 220 kV Shigezhuang static synchronous series compensator (SSSC) technology demonstration project in the 220 kV, 30 MVA Shigezhuang substation in Tianjin, China.

ADB and World Bank sign APA agreement for single procurement process for co-financed projects 

December 6, 2018
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed its first alternative procurement arrangement (APA) with the World Bank, allowing procedures on co-financed projects to follow a single procurement framework.

Nexans secures EUR100 million turnkey contract from Philippine NGCP 

December 5, 2018
French cabling solution provider Nexans has secured a EUR100 million turnkey contract from the private grid concessionaire National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to manufacture, deliver, and install 350 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) submarine cable for the Visayas–Mindanao Grid Connection Project (VMIP) in the South Asian country.

Europe News

Germany’s Siemens wins order for Moray East offshore grid connection in UK 

December 6, 2018
Germany’s equipment manufacturer Siemens has been awarded an order to connect the Moray East offshore wind farm to the grid. Moray East is the largest offshore grid connection in terms of transmission capacity.

Russian FGC UES completes reconstruction of 500 kV Irtysh substation 

December 5, 2018
Russia’s Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES) has completed the reconstruction project at the 500 kV Irtysh substation.

Diamond Transmission selected as preferred bidder for UK’s Galloper link 

December 3, 2018
The UK’s energy regulator Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) has selected Diamond Transmission Partners, a consortium comprising Mitsubishi and HICL Infrastructure, as the preferred bidder to own and operate the high voltage (HV) transmission link to the 353 MW Galloper offshore wind farm for the next 20 years.

French Nexans’ 525 kV HVDC cable system to support Germany’s Energiewende 

December 3, 2018
French cable manufacturer Nexans’ 525 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) underground cable system has been successfully qualified to German transmission system operator (TSO) standards.

Middle East & Africa News

Kenya to invest KES1.5 trillion on electricity infrastructure expansion [free access]

December 7, 2018
The Kenyan government is planning to invest KES1.5 trillion in the development of its electricity infrastructure with the aim of establishing universal electricity access across the country over the period of the next five years.

EBRD lends USD265 million to NEPCO for strengthening Jordan's grid 

December 4, 2018
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed a USD265 million loan agreement with Jordan's National Electricity Company (NEPCO) for improving the integration of renewable energy into the national grid.

Ethiopian EEP to construct 500 km transmission lines in 2019 

December 3, 2018
State-owned Ethiopia Electric Power (EEP) has announced plans to construct 500 km of 230 kV transmission lines in 2019, for expanding the country's grid network to the central and southern regions.

Tunisian STEG invites bids for development of substations and transformers 

November 30, 2018
Tunisia state-owned Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité et du Gaz (STEG) has invited international competitive bids for undertaking the studies, manufacture, testing in factories, supply, civil engineering, transporting on construction site, assembly, testing and commissioning of high voltage air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substations, autotransformers and power transformers.