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North America News


NextBridge files LTC application with OEB for East-West Tie Project [free access]

August 18, 2017
NextBridge Infrastructure (NextBridge), a partnership between affiliates of Enbridge, NextEra Energy Canada and Borealis Infrastructure, has filed a Leave to Construct (LTC) application for the East-West Tie Line (EWT) Project with Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on July 31, 2017.

Wataynikaneyap Power to receive CAD60 million grant for Pikangikum Distribution Line Project 

August 18, 2017
Wataynikaneyap Power, a transmission company equally owned by 22 First Nations communities and Fortis, will receive CAD60 million from Canada's Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs for its Pikangikum Distribution Line Project.

Missouri regulators again reject Grain Belt Transmission Project 

August 16, 2017
Missouri regulators have again rejected the application of Clean Line Energy (CLE) for the Grain Belt Express transmission line project.

US DoE issues final EIS for Northern Pass Project 

August 15, 2017
The US Department of Energy (DoE) has released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Northern Pass Project being developed by Northern Pass Transmission LLC, a part of Eversource Energy Transmission Ventures LLC which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eversource Energy.



Latin America News


Abengoa receives creditors’ approval for in-court debt restructuring plan for Brazil 

August 18, 2017
The Brazilian unit of struggling Spanish energy and infrastructure group Abengoa SA has obtained approval from creditors for its in-court debt restructuring plan.

Brazilian WEG acquires CG Power USA Inc. 

August 15, 2017
Brazil-based WEG SA has acquired US-based CG Power USA Inc., the power and distribution transformers arm of the Indian group Crompton Greaves (CG).

Brazilian ANEEL assessing project progress of another Spanish company, Isolux 

August 14, 2017
After recommending cancellation of the transmission concession of Spain-based debt-stricken group Abengoa, Brazilian energy regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) reportedly is now assessing the progress rate of another Spanish group in financial difficulties, Isolux Corsan Concesiones, SA.

Paraguay’s Yacyretá–Ayolas–Villa Hayes Project to be completed by May 2018 

August 9, 2017
Paraguay’s state-owned power company Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) has reported that the construction works on the Yacyretá–Ayolas–Villa Hayes Line Project is going on as per the schedule and the project is likely to be completed by May 2018.



Asia-Pacific News


India’s Adani acquires equity share of HPTSL from RVPN 

August 16, 2017
Adani Transmission Limited (ATL), part of the India-based conglomerate Adani Group, has acquired 100 per cent equity share capital of the special purpose vehicle (SPV)—Hadoti Power Transmission Service Limited (HPTSL), from state-owned transmission utility Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (RVPN).

Indian state commissions 400 kV substations 

August 14, 2017
The Bihar state government of India has commissioned 400/132 kV and 400/220 kV grid substations at Areraj and Darbhanga respectively in the East Champaran district.

Nepal government passes law to establish energy regulator [free access]

August 14, 2017
The Nepal government has passed the Electricity Regulatory Commission Bill, 2017, which entails the establishment of the Nepal Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), an independent body to regulate the power sector of the country.

Nepal government to request India to expedite work on Nepal–India cross-border link 

August 14, 2017
The Nepal government will request the Indian government to expedite the work on the 400 kV cross-border Butwal–Gorakhpur transmission link between the two countries in an upcoming meeting to be held between both the countries.



Europe News


Bulgaria’s ESO seeks bids for EU-funded 400 kV Maritza East–Burgas line 

August 18, 2017
Bulgaria’s transmission system operator (TSO) Elektroenergien Sistemen Operator EAD (ESO) has invited international competitive bids for the European Union (EU)-funded 400 kV Maritza East–Burgas line being constructed to connect the Maritsa East 3 Thermal Power Plant (TPP) with the country’s national grid.

Georgia’s GSE seeks consultants for 500 kV Jvari–Tskaltubo line project [free access]

August 18, 2017
Georgia's Joint Stock Company (JSC) Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE) has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) from international companies for undertaking supervision and project management services for construction of the World Bank-funded 500 kV Jvari–Tskaltubo overhead line and 500 kV Tskaltubo substation.

Belgian TSO selects Dredging International for Modular Offshore Grid 

August 17, 2017
Belgian transmission system operator (TSO) Elia has awarded a contract to Dredging International, a unit of local marine engineering company DEME Group, for the installation of submarine power cable for the Modular Offshore Grid (MOG) in the North Sea.

Power Machine-Toshiba JV delivers 500 kV autotransformer in Russia 

August 16, 2017
Power Machines-Toshiba High-Voltage Transformers (PMTT)—a joint venture (JV) between Russia’s Power Machines (a leading power equipment manufacturing and engineering company) and Japanese Toshiba High Voltage Transformers LLC, has successfully manufactured and shipped the third of the four 500 kV, 250 MVA three-phase autotransformers for the substation at the Russian gas processing and petrochemicals company SIBUR’s ZapSibNeftekhim petrochemical plant in Tobolsk, Tyumen Oblast, Russia.



Middle East & Africa News


Saudi SEC and MODON collaborate to commission 380 kV substation in Al-Kharj 

August 17, 2017
Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON), in collaboration with state-owned Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), has commissioned the 380/132/33/13.8 kV central transmission station with capacity of 1,000 MVA in Al-Kharj Industrial City.

EWA commissions new 220 kV substation at Bahrain airport 

August 17, 2017
Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) has commissioned a new 220 kV transmission substation at the Bahrain International Airport.

Tanzania to start construction of 400 kV lines 

August 17, 2017
The Tanzanian government is all set to begin construction on 400 kV transmission lines connecting the regions of Mbeya, Sumbawanga, Mpanda, Kigoma and Nyakanazi.

Nigerian TCN secures USD1.55 billion to fund grid projects 

August 16, 2017
Nigeria's state-owned grid developer Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has received more than USD1.55 billion from several multilateral donors in order to revive stalled projects and expand its electrical grid.