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North America News

BPA scraps I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project [free access]

May 18, 2017
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) has scrapped its plans to build its I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project.

SWEPCO to invest USD33 million in transmission networks of Louisiana and Texas 

May 18, 2017
Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), has planned to upgrade its transmission network of Summer Grove area of Shreveport, Louisiana, and of Hallsville and Longview areas in Texas.

Appalachian Power to invest USD15 million in Dickenson County, Virginia 

May 18, 2017
Appalachian Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), plans to improve its existing transmission line in northern Dickenson County, Virginia to ensure continued reliable electric service to customers.

Wisconsin regulators ask La Crosse County Judge to reconsider decision on Badger Coulee project 

May 17, 2017
Wisconsin’s regulators have asked the La Crosse County Judge to reconsider his decision to halt works on the Badger Coulee power transmission project of American Transmission Company (ATC) and Xcel Energy.

Latin America News

Colombian ISA to invest COP9,898 billion during 2017-21 

May 15, 2017
Colombian state-owned power company Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. (ISA) has planned to invest COP9,898 billion capex during 2017-21.

KfW Bank invites bids for 345/138 kV substation in Dominican Republic 

May 12, 2017
KfW-Entwicklungs Bank has invited international competitive bids for detailed designing, manufacturing, construction-in-progress (CIP) supply, civil and electromechanical works, testing and commissioning of a 345/138 kV substation comprising two units of 450 MVA transformers each, four units of 345 kV, and seven units of 138 kV line bays with control building and compliant substation (IEC 61850) automation, including an optical 10 Gigabit Ethernet telecommunication system with switches in the existing collateral substations and protections via fibre optics.

IIC approves USD56 million financing package for 500 kV Melo–Tacuarembó line in Uruguay 

May 11, 2017
Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)—the private sector lending arm of Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB) group, has approved a USD56 million financing package for a 213-km, 500 kV Melo–Tacuarembó line project in Uruguay.

Brazilian CTEEP acquires 100 per cent stake in IENNE [free access]

May 8, 2017
Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista (CTEEP)—a Brazilian subsidiary of Colombian state-owned power company Interconexión Eléctrica S.A. (ISA), has exercised its rights to acquire the entire equity interest of the country’s local concessionaire Interligação Elétrica Norte e Nordeste (IENNE), from Spanish company Isolux Energia e Participações S.A. (Isolux) and local power company Construções e Participações S.A (Cymi Holding).

Asia-Pacific News

Sri Lanka and India to construct undersea power link 

May 19, 2017
Sri Lanka and India are considering the construction of an undersea power cable between the two countries.

Malaysian Rohas Tecnic bags MYR300 million contract in Laos 

May 16, 2017
Malaysia-based Rohas Tecnic Bhd has bagged a MYR300 million contract from the state-owned power company Electricite du Laos (EDL) for the construction of transmission lines, substations and distribution lines in Laos.

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City seeks approval for VND43 trillion transmission development plan 

May 16, 2017
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has sought approval from Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) for the city’s power transmission development plan involving an investment of VND42.9 trillion.

South Australia’s ElectraNet submits revenue proposals to AER 

May 16, 2017
South Australia's transmission network operator ElectraNet has submitted its five-year (2019–23) revenue proposals to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). The proposal sets out the revenue ElectraNet proposes to collect from South Australian electricity consumers through transmission charges for the regulatory period 2019 to 2023, beginning July 1, 2018.

Europe News

Germany’s 50 Hertz invites bids for maintenance of substation equipment 

May 19, 2017
Germany’s transmission system operator (TSO) 50 Hertz Transmission GmbH (50Hertz) has invited bids for undertaking the maintenance, repair and diagnostic services for outdoor switching devices and transformers as well as testing of protection and control systems within the grid area of the company.

Dutch utilities partner with Siemens for Smart Electrical Grid project 

May 18, 2017
Netherland’s regional network operator and energy service provider – Stedin and Smart Lyving, have partnered with Siemens for their Smart Electrical Grid in the Rotterdam pilot project.

Britain’s National Grid puts Moorside NPP link on hold 

May 16, 2017
Britain’s transmission system operator (TSO) National Grid has put on hold its development consent for the proposed Moorside nuclear power plant (NPP) link project, following the Moorside project developer’s NuGen's decision to carry out a strategic review of the NPP

Ukrenergo signs MoC with EGI to synchronise with ENTSO-E 

May 16, 2017
Ukraine’s transmission system operator (TSO) Ukrenergo has signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with Elia Grid International (EGI) for harmonising the country’s power grid with the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E).

Middle East & Africa News

Egypt’s EETC invites bids for 220 kV GIS substation [free access]

May 19, 2017
Egypt’s Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has invited bids for the construction of the 220/66/11 kV, 2x125 MVA Gasma gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation.

SOGEM invites EoIs for supervision of 225 kV Manantali–Kati line 

May 12, 2017
Société de Gestion de Manantali (SOGEM), the inter-state public corporation owned by the members of the Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du fleuve Sénégal (OMVS) to operate and maintain the hydroelectric and transmission facilities associated with the Manantali dam in Mali, has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) from international consultancy firms to control and supervise the construction of the 225 kV Manantali–Kati line and associated posts, to be funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

Ethiopia–Kenya HVDC link to be partially ready in 2017 [free access]

May 12, 2017
The 500 kV Ethiopia–Kenya high voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission line, which is being constructed by China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company Limited (CET), is expected to be partially ready by the end of 2017.

Tunisia's STEG seeks consultants for developing model for forecasting power demand 

May 12, 2017
Tunisia's state-owned electricity and gas company Société Tunisienne de l'Electricité et du Gaz (STEG) has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) from international consultants for developing a new model for forecasting electricity demand in Tunisia. The contract is part of the STEG V project being funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Investment Bank (EIB).