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North America News

National Grid proposes replacement of underground lines in Massachusetts 

October 15, 2020
National Grid is proposing to replace its aging underground transmission lines that bring power to Quincy, Massachusetts.

New Mexico regulators approve 345 kV power line 

October 14, 2020
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission approved the construction of a 42-mile (68-km), 345 kV transmission line project in the southeastern region of the state; as deemed necessary for reliability by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

Canada considers development of Atlantic Loop transmission project [free access]

October 14, 2020
The Canadian federal government is considering the development of a new transmission project—Atlantic Loop—linking the power grids of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec; in an effort to ease emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants in the region.

California Energy Commission awards USD1.2 million for energy storage solution 

October 13, 2020
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has recently awarded USD1.2 million to Indian Energy LLC—a utility-scale and microgrid development and systems integration firm—to demonstrate a non-lithium, long-duration, ion energy storage solution.

Latin America News

CREG to present resolution for increasing capacity of transmission lines in Colombia 

October 14, 2020
Colombia’s Comisión de Regulación de Energía y Gas (CREG) will present a new resolution aimed at increasing the capacity of transmission lines, to ensure that future generation projects (mainly renewable), will be connected to the grid.

Ecuador’s EEQ invites four companies to build 132 kV lines 

October 14, 2020
Ecuadorian power utility Empresa Eléctrica Quito (EEQ) has invited four firms—Sanbayan, Cameri, Eptec and Engywork—to submit proposals for the development 132 kV lines under the utility’s 2019-28 expansion plan.

Peruvian MEM extends deadline for 220 kV Montalvo–Tía María line 

October 13, 2020
Peruvian Ministerio de Energía y Minas (MEM) has extended the deadline for the 220 kV Montalvo–Tía María transmission line, and has postponed the scheduled completion date to August 30, 2025.

Bolivian ENDE Transmisión begins construction of 115 kV La Angostura–Bermejo line 

October 13, 2020
Bolivian Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE) Transmisión S.A has begun the execution of the 145-km-long, 115 kV La Angostura–Bermejo transmission line, which will allow the municipality of Bermejo to be connected to the Sistema Interconectado Nacional (SIN)—the national interconnected system.

Asia-Pacific News

Nepal’s 400 kV Dhalkebar substation nears completion 

October 15, 2020
Construction work on state-owned power utility Nepal Electricity Authority’s (NEA) 400 kV Dhalkebar substation has reached the final stage, and the substation is ready to be charged.

Bangladesh’s PGCB faces delay in transmission projects for Rooppur NPP 

October 15, 2020
The state-owned Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) is facing delays in the power transmission projects that were taken up to facilitate power evacuation from the country’s maiden nuclear power plant (NPP)—Rooppur NPP.

China’s Xinjiang Electric operationalises 750 kV transmission line 

October 14, 2020
The Chinese engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) service provider, Xinjiang Electric Power Company (XEPC)—a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)—has operationalised a 341-km-long, 750 kV voltage transmission line connecting the Altay Prefecture and the northern Junggar Basin located in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of Northwest China.

Indian CEA discusses alternative corridor for securing Mumbai’s power supply post major grid disturbance 

October 14, 2020
Recently, a committee headed by India electricity planning authority Central Electricity Authority (CEA) discussed the possibility of developing an alternate high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission corridor to evacuate 1,000 MW of power from Kudus in Palghar district to Aarey Colony in North Mumbai.

Europe News

Main contractors selected for UK’s first Greener Grid Park in Scotland 

October 15, 2020
Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, Statkraft, has awarded a contract to engineering company Powersystems UK to undertake electrical and civil engineering works for a GBP20 million grid project in Moray, Scotland to support further renewables’ integration.

Nordic TSOs start preparation of NGDP 2021 [free access]

October 14, 2020
The four Nordic transmission system operators (TSOs)—Finland’s Fingrid, Sweden’s Svenska Kraftnat, Denmark’s Energinet and Norway’s Statnett—have started to prepare the Nordic Grid Development Perspective 2021 (NGDP 2021).

Slovenia begins construction of 400 kV Cirkovce–Pince line 

October 14, 2020
Slovenia's state-owned electricity transmission operator, Elektro-Slovenija, d.o.o. (ELES), has begun constructing the 80-km, 400 kV Cirkovce–Pince transmission line, which will enable the establishment of the first interconnection with the transmission grid of neighbouring Hungary.

Poland’s PSE set to add two crucial 400 kV lines to transmission network 

October 12, 2020
According to Poland's state-owned transmission system operator (TSO), Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE), the 400 kV Mikułowa–Czarna line (in Lower Silesia) and the 400 kV Słupsk–Gdańsk line (in Pomerania) have successfully passed the voltage test run.

Middle East & Africa News

Ethiopian government plans to unbundle Ethiopian Electric Power 

October 15, 2020
As per news reports, the Ethiopian government is planning to unbundle the state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) into two separate utilities for transmission and generation activities respectively.

Local Alfanar submits lowest bid for expansion of 380 kV substation 

October 14, 2020
Saudi-based Alfanar Construction has submitted the lowest bid of SAR84.6 million to the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for the expansion of the 380 kV substation at Khasm Al Aan. A total of five bidders had submitted the proposals.

SAPP invites EoIs for recruiting procurement specialist for World Bank-funded energy project 

October 14, 2020
The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) for the recruitment of a procurement specialist for ensuring efficient procurement of goods and services for SAPP to help accelerate preparation of priority regional power generation and transmission projects.

Saudi’s SEC awards Bin Omairah SAR45 million substation contract 

October 12, 2020
Recently, the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) awarded local Bin Omairah Holding a SAR45.7 million contract for the construction of the 132/13.8 kV Howtah Bani Tameem gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation.