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North America News

Georgia PSC approves Georgia Power's BESS project 

October 8, 2021
The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) has given US power utility and subsidiary of Southern Company, Georgia Power, permission to build, own, and operate the Mossy Branch Battery Facility – a new battery energy storage system (BESS).

FERC rejects Macquarie Energy LLC’s complaints against PacifiCorp 

October 6, 2021
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected a complaint filed by trading firm Macquarie Energy LLC against power supplier PacifiCorp in late 2020 regarding transmission service requests.

FERC orders Duke Energy subsidiary to reimburse solar developer for upgrades 

October 5, 2021
On October 1, 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected Duke Energy Corporation's claim that it does not need to reimburse project developers for certain transmission upgrades.

NJBPU announces NJ offshore wind transmission solicitation process 

October 5, 2021
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) outlined new details for its process to plan the transmission required to meet with the state's goal of adding 7,500 MW of offshore wind capacity by 2035.

Latin America News

Two consortiums bid for Colombia’s Kimal–Lo Aguirre HVDC line [free access]

October 8, 2021
Two consortiums have submitted bids to compete in the international tender for the Kimal–Lo Aguirre high voltage direct current (HVDC) project in Colombia.

Panama’s ETESA declares EIS tender for Fourth Line void 

October 6, 2021
Panama’s state transmission company, Empresa de Transmision Electrica (ETESA), has announced the tender for drafting the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of the Fourth Line as void, post re-evaluation.

Nicaragua’s Central electric transmission substation to be operational soon 

October 6, 2021
National Electricity Transmission Company’s (ENATREL) Central electric transmission substation, currently under construction in Nicaragua, is expected to become operational in the coming months.

IDB Invest to finance Tacuarembó–Salto line in Uruguay 

October 4, 2021
IDB Invest, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IaDB), will be financing the first green transmission line in Uruguay.

Asia-Pacific News

Work halted on Afghan stretch of CASA-1000 project 

October 8, 2021
Work on the longest stretches of the World Bank-funded Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000) has been suspended due on ongoing political upheaval in Afghanistan.

Indian POWERGRID’s subsidiary commissions transmission system for Rajasthan SEZ 

October 7, 2021
POWERGRID Khetri Transmission System Limited (PKTSL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), recently commissioned the transmission system associated with Rajasthan Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) Part-C.

Philippine SMC Global’s subsidiary applies to link battery storage facility to grid 

October 7, 2021
Universal Power Solutions, a subsidiary of vertically-integrated Philippine power company SMC Global Power, has requested the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in the Philippines for approval to link its 60 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) in Concepcion, Tarlac to the Luzon grid.

First phase of Nepalese 220 kV Koshi Corridor commissioned with India’s support 

October 6, 2021
The first section of Nepal’s 220 kV Koshi Corridor was recently completed and energised by Indian Kalpataru Power Transmission Limited (KPTL) and handed over to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).

Europe News

RWE AG completes works for Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in UK [free access]

October 7, 2021
Germany-based RWE AG has completed major onshore electrical system construction works for the 857 MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm, located 32 km off the Lincolnshire coast in the UK.

TenneT launches tender for 2 GW stations for Dutch IJmuiden Ver project 

October 7, 2021
Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT has launched tenders for offshore platforms and high voltage direct current (HVDC) systems for the 2 GW IJmuiden Ver project in the Dutch North Sea.

EC approves financing for Elering's transmission network 

October 7, 2021
The European Commission (EC) has approved EUR30 million to help Estonia’s transmission system operator (TSO) Elering upgrade its transmission network.

Work completed for ElecLink interconnector between France, UK 

October 6, 2021
ElecLink Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel SE, has completed work on the 1 GW ElecLink, an interconnection between France and the UK.

Middle East & Africa News

Jordan to supply electricity to Lebanon through Syria 

October 11, 2021
At a recent meeting of the energy ministers of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, it was agreed that Jordan will provide Lebanon with electricity through the Syrian electrical network, to meet the former’s energy needs.

Contracts awarded to Egypt–Saudi Arabia interconnection 

October 8, 2021
Key contracts for the Egypt–Saudi Arabia high voltage direct current (HVDC) link have been awarded by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) – the respective transmission network developers of the two countries.

EOI invited for consultancy services for transmission project in Angola 

October 1, 2021
Angola’s state-owned electric transmission utility Rede Nacional de Transporte de Electricidade (RNT) is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) form international consultants for undertaking a feasibility study for the Gove-Menongue transmission project. The study aims to expand the Angolan national grid to Menongue, Cuando Cubango Province.

Saudi Arabia to sign contract for interconnection project with Egypt 

October 1, 2021
The Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy is expected to sign contract with Saudi Arabian power utility Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for the Egypt–Saudi Arabia electricity interconnection project in a few days.