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North America News

US announces Building Better Grid initiative to accelerate transmission build-out 

January 12, 2022
The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Building a Better Grid initiative to catalyse the nationwide development of new and upgraded, high-capacity electric transmission lines, as enabled by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Goldman Sachs to invest USD250 million in Hydrostor to boost energy storage 

January 12, 2022
Goldman Sachs announced USD250 million investment in long-duration energy storage provider, Hydrostor, which uses novel, advanced compressed air energy storage (A-CAES) technology.

Solar industry reaches settlement with CMP over connection delays 

January 11, 2022
Clean energy advocates, including the Maine Renewable Energy Association, Coalition for Solar Access, Maine Public Advocate’s Office and other parties, have reached a deal known as a stipulated agreement, with Central Maine Power (CMP) to ease long delays in providing connections to solar projects.

Exelon increases capital expenditure plans for subsidiaries 

January 11, 2022
Exelon Corporation has increased its transmission and distribution (T&D) capital spending forecasts to USD29 billion for the 2022-25 period.

Latin America News

Canadian Brookfield puts transmission lines on sale in Brazil [free access]

January 13, 2022
Canada's Brookfield Asset Management has put up 2,400 km of electric transmission lines in Brazil for sale, held by its portfolio company Quantum.

China CET to build USD1.1 billion grid project in Argentina 

January 13, 2022
The Government of Argentina has awarded a contract to China Electric Power Equipment and Technology (CET), a subsidiary of state-owned State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), to engineer, design, supply and construct a USD1.1 billion project aimed at improving the 500 kV grid network in Área Metropolitana de Buenos Aires (AMBA) or the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires.

Neoenergia starts operation of Jalapão transmission line in Brazil 

January 11, 2022
Brazilian utility Neoenergia SA has begun commercial operation of the Jalapão transmission line500 kV Miracema–Gilbués II–Barreiras II line.

Peru’s eight transmission projects expected to commission in 2022 

January 11, 2022
Peru’s power grid coordinator Comité de Operación Económica del Sistema (COES) has announced that eight transmission projects are expected to be completed in 2022.

Asia-Pacific News

South Australian portion of EnergyConnect receives environmental approval 

January 14, 2022
Project EnergyConnect, which is expected to unlock more than AUD20 billion in new renewable projects in South Australia (SA) and New South Wales (NSW), is all set to begin construction this year after the South Australian component of the project was granted environmental approval by the state government.

China begins power grid upgradation for Xiong'an region 

January 13, 2022
The first batch of power grid projects worth CNY1 billion in the Xiong'an New Area of North China's Hebei Province, have started construction.

PFIFFNER and Klovertel operationalise voltage divider for HVDC substation in India 

January 13, 2022
Switzerland-based PFIFFNER Instrument Transformers Limited, a Delhi-based equipment manufacturer Klovertel have recently undertaken works on the Dadri high voltage direct current (HVDC) substation.

Indian CTUIL to design transmission line for Reliance Industries [free access]

January 11, 2022
In a directive issued by India’s Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), the Central Transmission Utility of India Limited (CTUIL) was given the green light to establish a transmission line for Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL) Jamnagar refinery to supply 500 MW of renewable energy to the latter.

Europe News

UK’s Babcock International sells OHL business to M Group Services 

January 13, 2022
British engineering firm, Babcock International Group PLC, has sold its overhead line (OHL) power business to infrastructure service provider, M Group Services (MGS), which is backed by international private equity firm PAI Partners.

Israel’s Econergy Renewable Energy acquires 50 MW energy storage project in UK 

January 13, 2022
Israel-based independent power producer (IPP), Econergy Renewable Energy, has acquired the 50 MW Swangate energy storage project from the UK’s renewables developer Yoo Energy. UK-based Renew Legal acted as legal advisors on behalf of Econergy for the acquisition.

Ukraine’s Ukrenergo begins construction work for 1,500 km FOCL 

January 13, 2022
Ukraine’s transmission system operator (TSO) NPC Ukrenergo has commenced construction on a 1,525-km-long, fibre-optic communication line (FOCL), which would pass through the ten regions of Kyiv, Cherkasy, Vinnytsia, Poltava, Kirovohrad, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa.

Lithuania's Litgrid updates methodology for cross-zonal capacity calculation 

January 13, 2022
Lithuania's power transmission system operator (TSO) Litgrid has drafted an updated methodology for cross-zonal capacity calculation and allocation with third countries.

Middle East & Africa News

Egypt’s Sinai expands electricity network 

January 11, 2022
Sinai, a peninsula in Egypt, has witnessed an unprecedented boom in developing its electricity networks to be able to meet the needs of citizens, and of the national and investment projects that are being carried out for the first time on Sinai.

India’s POWERGRID to build Kenya’s first IPT project 

January 11, 2022
India’s largest power network developer Power Grid Corporation of India (POWERGRID) has signed an agreement with Africa50, on behalf of the Kenyan government, to develop the first Independent Power Transmission (IPT) project in Kenya, on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis

Saudi’s SEC awards 380 kV cable contract to local company [free access]

January 11, 2022
State-owned Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded a USD32.2 million contract to Riyadh Cables Company Limited of Saudi Arabia for the installation of 380 kV underground cables (UGCs) at the Um Al Jood substation.

Somalia invites tenders for development of least-cost investment plans 

January 10, 2022
The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for the preparation of electricity sub-transmission and distribution integrated development least-cost investment plans under the Somali Electricity Access Project (SEAP) funded by the World Bank.