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Current status of key electric power transmission projects


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North America


New Mexico–Texas Power Transmission Project, US 

June 10, 2020
The project is part of Xcel Energy’s USD3 billion ‘Power for the Plains’—a grid enhancement initiative that aims to deliver reliable and abundant electricity to customers in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), US [free access]

June 10, 2020
The proposed project will provide a new link through a ±320 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line between Hydro-Québec and the New England grid.

Ivanpah–Control Project (I-C Project), US 

May 14, 2020
According to SCE, the USD715 million project is needed to meet the transmission line safety and reliability requirements defined by the State Public Utility Commission (PUC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

Barrie Area Transmission Upgrade Project, Canada [free access]

May 14, 2020
Hydro One states that the proposed facilities are needed to accommodate load growth in the Barrie and Innisfil areas.



Latin America


Itabirito 2–Vespasiano 2 Line Project, Brazil 

June 8, 2020
The project entailed the construction of 500 kV, 82-km-long, connecting new Itabirito 2 and Vespasiano 2 substations.

Chiriqui Grande–Panama III Transmission Line, Panama 

May 12, 2020
The project will provide the national interconnected system with an unrestricted connection to power generation in the west so that it can carry energy generated in that region to the load centre in the east.

Ecuador–Peru Interconnection Project 

April 6, 2020
The 500 kV project is part of the Andean interconnection initiative, known as the Sistema de Interconexión Eléctrica Andina (SINEA).

Pariñas–Nueva Tumbes Transmission Line, Peru 

April 6, 2020
The 220 kV, 158-km-long Pariñas–Nueva Tumbes line will reinforce electrical dispatch to the northern zone of the Tumbes region.



Asia Pacific


1,000 kV Mengxi–Jinzhong UHV AC Project, China 

June 10, 2020
The 1,000 kV Mengxi–Jinzhong ultra-high voltage (UHV) alternating current (AC) project is a key project under the country’s ‘Thirteenth Five-Year Plan, 2016-20’ and is currently under construction.

Kaligandaki Transmission Corridor Project, Nepal 

June 10, 2020
The Kaligandaki Transmission Corridor project is a sub-part of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Power Expansion Project, which aims to evacuate power from the hydroelectric projects (HEPs) at the Kaligandaki river basin.

Power Transmission and Distribution Efficiency Enhancement Project, Nepal 

May 14, 2020
The project is expected to improve the reliability and quality of electricity supply in Kathmandu Valley by reducing distribution system overloads, and technical and commercial losses.

Western Region Strengthening Scheme XXI (WRSS-XXI) (Part-B), India 

April 6, 2020
The project aims to help relieve overloading observed in the Gujarat intra-state system due to renewable energy (RE) injections in the Bhuj pooling station (PS).



Europe


SuedOstLink, Germany 

June 8, 2020
The project has been designed to integrate new wind generation projects in the control area of 50Hertz, especially in Mecklenburg–Vorpommern, Brandenburg and Sachsen–Anhalt, and transmit the energy to central/south Europe for consumption and storage.

Harmony Link, Poland–Lithuania 

June 8, 2020
The undersea link is directly linked to the political roadmap for synchronising the Baltic States’ electricity grid with Continental Europe, which will take place via Poland with the existing alternating current (AC) link (between Lithuania and Poland) and Harmony Link, as decided in a political agreement signed on June 28, 2018 by the Baltic States, Poland and the European Commission (EC).

Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Grid Connection, UK 

May 6, 2020
The proposed 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm will consist of 54 turbines, and will be located in the North Sea, approximately 15 km off the coast of Fife in south-east Scotland.

Finland North−Sweden North Interconnector Project 

May 6, 2020
The project, which is the third alternating current (AC) connection between the two countries, involves the construction of a new 200-km-long new transmission line from Pyhänselkä in Muhos via Keminmaa on the Finnish side to Messaure (Sweden).



Middle East & Africa


220 kV (400 kV) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)–Uganda Interconnection 

June 10, 2020
The cross-border project aims to link north-eastern DRC, which is isolated from the national grid.

Guinea–Mali Interconnection Project 

June 10, 2020
The project involves the construction of a 714-km-long, 225 kV transmission line between Guinea and Mali, of which 590 km is in Guinea and 124 km in Mali.

EuroAfrica Interconnector Project, Egypt–Cyprus–Greece 

May 14, 2020
The project aims to connect the electricity grids of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece through a subsea direct current (DC) cable and high voltage direct current (HVDC) onshore converter stations.

Ethiopia–Kenya Link 

April 8, 2020
The 500 kV high voltage direct current (HVDC) line aims to link the power grids of Ethiopia and Kenya, create power-sharing between the two countries, reduce energy costs, and promote sustainable and renewable power generation.