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North America News


Canada Infrastructure Bank inks MoU for energy storage project 

January 14, 2021
The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and Oneida Energy Storage LP, a joint venture between NRStor Inc. and Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp., have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the Oneida energy storage project in Ontario.

TransWest Express LLC seeks FERC approval for capacity solicitation 

January 13, 2021
TransWest Express LLC (a wholly-owned affiliate of The Anschutz Corporation, a privately-held company based in Denver) is seeking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval for capacity solicitation, on its TransWest Express (TWE) Project.

Transmission build-out is key to low-cost, decarbonised US grid: MIT Study 

January 12, 2021
A recently concluded study by the Massachusetts Information of Technology (MIT) has revealed that a massive US-wide transmission build-out could slash the costs of reaching a zero-carbon grid with the already cost-effective wind, solar and battery technologies.

Indian Energy receives grant for demonstration of new energy storage technologies 

January 11, 2021
Indian Energy LLC—a utility-scale and microgrid development and systems integration firm—has recently received a grant of over USD5 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC), for demonstration of new energy storage technologies.



Latin America News


Paraguay approves loan for 500 kV line project [free access]

January 11, 2021
The Paraguayan government announced its approval of a USD85 million loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for financing a part of the 500 kV Yguazú–Valenzuela Transmission System Expansion Project.

Ecuador to invest USD241 million in improving SNT [free access]

January 6, 2021
Ecuador's state-owned power company, La Empresa Pública Estratégica Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador (CELEC EP), will invest USD241.6 million in the construction of new transmission facilities, and reinforcement and repowering of the Sistema Nacional de Transmisión (SNT) or the national transmission system.

Itaipu plans to extend funds for upgrading T&D network of Paraguay and Brazil 

January 6, 2021
Itaipu Binacional, operator of the Itaipu hydro power project (HPP) on Paraná River at the Brazil–Paraguay border, plans to allocate USD400 million for the strengthening of the transmission and distribution (T&D) network for both countries.

Chilean CEN publishes expected use of transmission system for next 20 years 

December 28, 2020
Recently, the Chilean national electricity system coordinator, Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional (CEN), published the analysis of the expected use of the transmission system for the 2021 Transmission Planning Process.



Asia-Pacific News


Indian L&T bags EPCC contract for 500 kV line in Malaysia 

January 14, 2021
Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) major, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), has recently bagged various contracts in India and overseas ranging in the area of INR10-25 billion.

Indian Rinfra sells entire stake in PKTCL for INR9 billion 

January 14, 2021
Reliance Infrastructure Limited (Rinfra), part of the India-based conglomerate Reliance Group, and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) have recently signed a termination agreement for Parbati Koldam Transmission Company Limited (PKTCL), the special purpose vehicle (SPV) that was formed for executing an INR9.57 billion project in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Turkmenistan and Afghanistan commission 500 kV power line 

January 14, 2021
Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have recently commissioned the 500 kV Kerki (Turkmenistan)–Sheberghan (Afghanistan) transmission line.

French Neoen to install 500 MW/1,000 MWh BESS in Australia 

January 13, 2021
France-based Neoen SA, a renewable energy producer, has put forth a proposal to install a 500 MW/1,000 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS)— Great Western Battery—in the Wallerawang area of New South Wales.



Europe News


Serbian grid operator raises stake in Montenegro’s CGES 

January 13, 2021
Serbia’s public power grid operator, Elektromreza Srbije (EMS), has increased its stake in Montenegro’s transmission system operator (TSO) Crnogorski Elektroprenosni Sistem (CGES).

Spain’s Ingeteam to build supercapacitor storage for UK's National Grid [free access]

January 12, 2021
Spanish energy conversion specialist Ingeteam SA has been awarded a contract to build a 5 MW energy storage system based on supercapacitors, by the UK’s transmission system operator (TSO) National Grid.

Ukrainian and Belarusian TSOs sign agreements on emergency assistance 

January 11, 2021
Ukrainian and Belarusian transmission system operators (TSOs) Ukrenergo and Belenergo respectively, have signed new contracts for the supply of electricity within the framework of providing/receiving emergency assistance in the mode of parallel operation of the united energy systems of the two countries.

Croatian TSO seeks bids for 12-420 kV instrument transformers 

January 8, 2021
Croatia’s transmission system operator (TSO), Hrvatski Operator Prijenosnog Sustava D.O.O. (HOPS), is seeking competitive bids for the supply of 420 kV, 245 kV, 123 kV, 38 kV and 12 kV instrument transformers.



Middle East & Africa News


Ethiopian EEP to restore transmission lines in Tigray Regional State 

January 14, 2021
State-owned Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) is undertaking urgent works on restoring electricity in the Aksum and Adwa towns of Tigray Regional State.

Hyundai, PA Cost bag EPC contracts worth SAR464 million from Saudi’s SEC 

January 11, 2021
Recently, Saudi Electric Company (SEC) has awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) transmission contracts worth SAR464 million to South Korean Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Hyundai) and local PA Cost International.

TRANSCO CLSG to energise 225 kV inter-regional link by February 2021 

January 11, 2021
As per news reports, Regional Electricity Transmission Company for Cote d’Ivoire–Liberia–Sierra Leone–Guinea (CLSG) (TRANSCO CLSG) is all set to energise the CLSG interconnection project in February 2021.

Saudi’s SEC awards transmission contracts worth SAR1.3 billion 

January 6, 2021
As per a news report, the Saudi Electric Company (SEC) has awarded five turnkey contracts, cumulatively valued at SAR1,285 million, to various local and Indian players.