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North America News

FERC rejects SPP’s proposal to allow transmission operators to pay for PMUs 

August 8, 2018
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has rejected the Southwest Power Pool’s (SPP) proposal to allow transmission owners to pay for the installation of Phasor Measuring Units (PMUs) at the generation stations, stating that this could unfairly lower the connection costs for transmission owners' affiliates, providing them with an undue competitive advantage.

PJM approves USD629 million transmission investment in US 

August 6, 2018
PJM Interconnection has approved 47 transmission projects involving a total investment of approximately USD629 million, in order to address the grid reliability concerns owing to the anticipated retirements of several nuclear power plants, aging infrastructure, and the expected rise in electricity demand across certain areas.

USDA to invest USD345.5 million in rural electricity infrastructure projects 

August 6, 2018
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the investments of USD345.5 million in 20 rural electricity infrastructure projects across 14 US states – California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin – through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program.

Vermont Green Line Devco invites bids for Vermont Green Line project [free access]

August 6, 2018
Vermont Green Line Devco LLC, a partnership between Green Line Infrastructure Alliance (created by National Grid and Anbaric) and Citizens Energy Corporation, initiated an open solicitation process on August 6, 2018 for the allocation of up to 100 per cent of capacity rights of its proposed 400 MW Vermont Green Line project.

Latin America News

Paraguay ANDE inaugurates 500 kV Yacyretá–Ayolas–Villa Hayes project 

August 8, 2018
Paraguay’s state-owned power company Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) has inaugurated the Yacyretá–Ayolas–Villa Hayes Line Project, being financed by European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB) and the Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF).

ENDE completes 230 kV transmission project in Bolivia 

August 6, 2018
The Ministerio de Energías or Ministry of Energy of Bolivia, through state energy company Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE), has inaugurated the 230 kV Mazocruz–Pallina line and 230/115 kV Contorno Bajo substation project with a total investment of BOB166.1 million.

Paraguay’s ANDE inaugurates 230 kV project in Caaguazú [free access]

August 1, 2018
Paraguay’s state-owned power company Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) has inaugurated the 220/23 kV Vaquería substation in the district of Vaquería, department of Caaguazú.

Brazilian Eletrobras extends privatisation deadline for distribution subsidiaries 

July 30, 2018
Reportedly, Brazilian state-owned power company Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. (Eletrobras) has extended the privatisation deadline for its loss-making power distribution subsidiaries from end-July to end-December.

Asia-Pacific News

China’s CSG signs MoU with EDL to develop national transmission grid in Laos 

August 9, 2018
China's grid network developer China Southern Power Grid (CSG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with state-owned power company Electricite du Laos (EDL) for conducting a feasibility study on developing Laos' national transmission grid in the Lao capital Vientiane.

Nepal’s MCA selects consultant for US-funded transmission project [free access]

August 9, 2018
The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) established by the Nepal government has selected Washington DC-based Stantec to provide project preparation and technical supervision services for the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) electricity transmission project (ETP).

India’s EPC major L&T bags INR17 billion T&D orders 

August 7, 2018
Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has secured transmission and distribution (T&D) orders worth INR17.23 billion in the domestic and international market.

Nepal’s NEA to complete work on 220 kV line by February 2019 

August 6, 2018
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has completed nearly 60 per cent work on the 45 km, 220 kV Trishuli–Kathmandu transmission line project.

Europe News

German TenneT seeks bids for repair of submarine cables 

August 10, 2018
Germany transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT TSO GmbH has invited international competitive bids for the repair of high voltage direct current (HVDC) and high voltage alternating current (HVAC) offshore submarine cables.

Greek TSO seeks bids for 400 kV autotransformers [free access]

August 10, 2018
Greece’s transmission system operator (TSO) Anexartitos Diacheiristis Metaforas Ilektrikis Energeias (ADMIE) AE has invited international competitive bids for the supply of 400/157.5/30 kV, 280 MVA autotransformers in Agora

Italian Prysmian awarded cable contract for UK’s Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm 

August 7, 2018
Italian electricity transmission cables manufacturer Prysmian Group has won a contract from Ørsted Wind Power for the supply of submarine inter-array cables for the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm in the UK.

Danish Energy Association objects to Swedish restriction of power connections with Denmark 

August 7, 2018
The Danish Energy Association (Dansk Energi) has raised objections to continued Swedish restriction of power network connections between Denmark and Sweden, which require action from Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building.

Middle East & Africa News

South Korean Taihan bags USD25.5 million contracts in Middle East 

August 9, 2018
South Korean electric wire company Taihan has bagged three contracts worth USD25.5 million in the Middle East—two in Dubai, UAE and one in Qatar.

Kenyan government continues construction works on stalled Lake Turkana power line 

August 7, 2018
The Kenyan government will continue with the construction of the 400 kV Loiyangalani–Suswa transmission line despite a court case over land compensation, as it risks paying a penalty of KES1 billion per month from September, if it stops the construction.

Mozambique’s EDM to construct HV line and substation to feed Niassa districts 

August 7, 2018
Mozambique’s state-owned Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) is constructing a USD18 million, 110 kV substation in the district of Marrupa in the northern Mozambican province of Niassa.

Ethiopia–Kenya interconnector to be commissioned by mid-2019 

July 31, 2018
The Ethiopia–Kenya interconnector is expected to be commissioned by mid-2019. Currently, 70 per cent works have been completed on the Kenyan side, whereas 95 per cent of the works are complete on the Ethiopian side.