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North America News

Hunt Power drops plan for Verde Transmission Project [free access]

August 16, 2019
Dallas-based Hunt Power, a part of Hunt Consolidated Incorporation, has dropped its plan to develop the Verde Transmission Project, due to growing opposition from the local residents of Santa Fe County, Texas, who are concerned by the project’s visual and health impact.

US-based G&W Electric acquires Italian Altea 

August 14, 2019
Illinois-based electric power equipment supplier, G&W Electric, has acquired Italian voltage and current sensor manufacturer, Altea S.R.L., to expand its reach in electrical power grid automation.

New York PSC and NYSERDA complain against NYISO's current mitigation measures to FERC 

August 12, 2019
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have filed their complaints with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) current mitigation measures.

Canadian Hydro-Quebec energises 735 kV transmission project [free access]

August 7, 2019
Canadian Hydro-Quebec has commissioned the 735 kV Chamouchouane–Bout-de-l’Île project in Québec with an investment of CAD1.3 billion.

Latin America News

Engenheiro Lechuga–Boa Vista line project in Brazil to get environment licence by end-August 

August 16, 2019
Developers of the 500/230 kV Engenheiro Lechuga–Boa Vista line project in the Brazilian state of Roraima, expect to get the environment licence by end-August.

TAESA acquires 11.6 per cent share of BRASNORTE in Brazil 

August 15, 2019
Brazilian electric power transmission company, Transmissora Alianca de Energia Eletrica SA (TAESA), has acquired 11.6 per cent share of Brasnorte Transmissora de Energia S.A. (BRASNORTE) from Bipar Energia SA.

Brazilian CTEEP obtains installation licence for 500/230 kV transmission project 

August 14, 2019
Brazilian power company, Companhia de Transmissao de Energia Eletrica Paulista (CTEEP), has obtained the installation licence for the 500/230 kV transmission project won during Auction No. 02/2018, which will be developed in the state of São Paulo.

Brazilian TAESA to issue green bonds to finance four transmission projects 

August 9, 2019
Brazilian electric power transmission company Transmissora Alianca de Energia Eletrica SA (TAESA) is planning to issue greenbonds to finance its upcoming power transmission projects.

Asia-Pacific News

Indian KEC International bags INR6 billion contracts across the globe 

August 12, 2019
Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) major, KEC International, has bagged contracts worth INR6.55 billion in the transmission and distribution (T&D) segment in India, Nepal, Burundi, Angola and the Americas.

Bangladesh’s PGCB seeks bids for World Bank-funded project 

August 12, 2019
Bangladesh’s Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) has invited international competitive bids for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 230 kV transmission lines.

Sterlite Power bags contracts of over INR30 billion in Indian states [free access]

August 9, 2019
Indian private transmission network developer, Sterlite Power Transmission Limited (SPTL), has bagged two inter-state transmission system (ISTS) projects worth over INR30 billion. The projects were awarded via the tariff-based competitive bidding (TBCB) mode.

Thailand plans to become power trade hub of Southeast Asia [free access]

August 8, 2019
Thailand’s Ministry of Energy has put forward its plans to promote Thailand as the power trade hub of Southeast Asia by improving the high voltage (HV) line network across the nation, thereby adding to its power trade with neighbouring countries.

Europe News

Ukraine–EU Energy Bridge poses risks for power system, says Ukrenergo 

August 15, 2019
According to Ukrenergo (Ukraine’s vertically-integrated power utility), with changing times, the Ukraine–European Union (EU) energy bridge project sounds impractical from an economic point of view as well as in the context of integration of Ukraine's energy system with Europe's power network.

UK’s recent blackout places National Grid under scrutiny [free access]

August 12, 2019
The United Kingdom’s (UK) most severe blackout on August 8, 2019 has pushed its power operator, National Grid, under renewed political scrutiny. It has raised pressure on the grid operator as it braces for potentially significant cuts to its regulated incomes, and being taken back into public ownership.

German TSO commissions BorWin3 offshore grid connection 

August 12, 2019
Germany’s transmission system operator (TSO), TenneT Holding BV, has put into operation the 900 MW, BorWin3 offshore grid connection in German waters.

Swedish Ellevio awards contract to NKT to strengthen grid in Stockholm 

August 12, 2019
Swedish energy company, Ellevio, has awarded a contract to the Danish power cables provider NKT to replace a section of the existing overhead lines (OHLs) between Beckomberga and Bredäng with 420 kV high voltage undersea power cables.

Middle East & Africa News

NDPHC to commission 132 kV transmission project in Abeokuta, Nigeria 

August 16, 2019
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) will soon commission a substation project in Abeokuta.

Saudi Arabia’s SEC commissions SAR1.2 billion worth T&D projects 

August 12, 2019
The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has strengthened its transmission and distribution (T&D) network by commissioning 13 new projects aimed at enhancing the reliability of power supply in Saudi Arabia.

WAPP seeks EoIs for World Bank-funded WAPP MTB Project [free access]

August 8, 2019
West African Power Pool (WAPP) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for seeking consultancy services for the 330 kV WAPP Nigeria–Benin–Togo–Ghana–Côte D’Ivoire double-circuit Median Interconnection Project, which is being funded by the World Bank.

Elsewedy Electric to complete 500 kV Benban Solar Plant line in Egypt by September 2019 

August 5, 2019
As per reports, construction work on the 195-km-long, 500 kV line connecting the 1.5 GW Benban solar plant and Egypt’s national grid, is expected to be commissioned by September 2019.