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North America News

ERCOT approves 345 kV Far West Texas Project 

June 15, 2017
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has approved the 345 kV Far West Texas Project proposed by Oncor and American Electric Power (AEP) to address continued load growth southwest of Odessa, Texas.

NPPD seeks permit from US Fish and Wildlife Service for R-Plan Project 

June 14, 2017
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has applied for a permit under the Endangered Species Act with US Fish and Wildlife Service for its 345 kV R-Plan Project.

USACE issues permit for Surry–Skiffes Creek Transmission Project 

June 14, 2017
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a provisional permit for the Surry–Skiffes Creek transmission project. The 500 kV line is required to ensure reliability on the Peninsula following the planned closure of coal-fired units at the Yorktown Power Station.

ATC seeks approval from PUC of Wisconsin for 345 kV Riverside Transmission Line Project 

June 14, 2017
American Transmission Company (ATC) has submitted an application to the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin for the 345 kV Riverside Transmission Line Project.

Latin America News

Chilean CNE awards transmission projects in Arica and Chiloé [free access]

June 13, 2017
Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional (CNE) or National Electricity Coordinator of Chile has awarded four transmission projects located between Arica and Chiloé, worth USD288 million.

US-based General Electric to participate in high voltage transmission auction in Mexico 

June 12, 2017
Reportedly, General Electric (GE) is planning to participate in Mexico’s first high voltage transmission line auction.

Colombian agency FDN to help debt-ridden Electricaribe in restructuring 

June 12, 2017
Colombia-based power supplier Electricaribe SA and the government-run Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN) or financial development agency have signed a contract to allow the latter to help evaluate and define possible alternatives to restructure the financially troubled company.

Mexican-CFE and Siemens to digitise SIN 

June 10, 2017
Mexican state-owned energy firm Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and Siemens AG have signed an agreement, which consolidates the work done under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two on February 14 to identify projects to modernise the national electricity grid of Mexico.

Asia-Pacific News

Bangladesh’s PGCB invites bids for 400 kV line project 

June 16, 2017
Bangladesh’s Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) has invited bids for the construction of 28-km-long, 400 kV Bheramara (Bangladesh)–Baharampur (India) double-circuit overhead transmission line (Bangladesh portion) on a turnkey basis.

NGCP awards tower construction contract for 500 kV line in Philippines 

June 15, 2017
The private concessionaire of the Philippines’ high voltage network—National Grid Corporation of Philippines (NGCP), has awarded a construction contract associated with the 500 kV Hermosa–San Jose transmission line to Philippine First Balfour Inc.

Pakistan’s NTDC connects hydropower plant with national grid 

June 13, 2017
Pakistan’s National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has constructed the 132 kV double-circuit Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) transmission line to connect the 147 MW Patrind hydropower plant to the Muzaffarabad-II grid station. Recently, a unit of the hydropower plant was put into operation and was connected to the national grid through the 132 kV line.

Russia expresses interest in CASA 1000 project 

June 13, 2017
Russia has expressed interest in investing in the construction of the Central Asia South Asia 1000 (CASA 1000) transmission line project.

Europe News

Fingrid and TVO to connect Olkiluoto 3 generation plant to national grid 

June 16, 2017
Finnish transmission system operator (TSO) Fingrid and nuclear power company Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) have begun preparations to connect the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) generation plant to the national grid.

Turkish TEIAS invites bids to construct 380 kV underground cable 

June 16, 2017
Turkish Türkiye Elektrik Iletim A.S (TEIAS) has invited international competitive bids for the construction of 2,000 mm², 380 kV cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE)-insulated underground power cable line connecting Sağmalcılar and Çağlayan gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations.

ABB completes works on DolWin2 offshore wind transmission link project 

June 15, 2017
ABB Limited has successfully commissioned and handed over the DolWin2 offshore wind transmission link to the Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT.

German and Danish energy ministries work towards increasing power trade 

June 14, 2017
German and Danish energy ministries have signed a joint declaration to increase available cross-border electricity transmission capacity between the two countries.

Middle East & Africa News

Consultants sought for construction of 132 kV line in Niger 

June 16, 2017
Haut-Commissariat à l’Aménagement de la Vallée du Niger (HCAVN) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) from international companies for undertaking consultancy services for construction of the 132 kV Kandadji Dam–Niamey double-circuit transmission line

EGEMAC wins EGP210 million substation contract in Egypt 

June 13, 2017
Egypt-based Egyptian German Electric Manufacturing Company (EGEMAC) has won the construction contract for the 220/11 kV El-Nergis substation in Egypt.

Kenya Power implements underground cabling project in Nairobi 

June 13, 2017
State-owned electricity company Kenya Power is implementing a KES13.2 billion project to modernise and reinforce electricity supply in Nairobi.

Oman to complete study on North-South Interconnect Project 

June 12, 2017
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), which is the sole buyer of electricity in Oman, is all set to complete an economic and technical study for the North-South Interconnector Project