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North America News


AEP to invest USD50 million in West Virginia 

March 16, 2017
American Electric Power (AEP) and its affiliate, West Virginia Transmission Company, plan to invest about USD50 million in transmission systems to strengthen the electric grid in Moundsville and surrounding areas.

PJM reaffirms need of Surry–Skiffes Creek transmission project [free access]

March 16, 2017
PJM Interconnection has revised its peak power demand growth forecast downwards for Virginia Peninsula.

ABB to supply 345 kV GIS substation 

March 16, 2017
ABB Limited has won an order from Bechtel Infrastructure and Power to provide a 345 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation to integrate electricity generated by the Cricket Valley Energy Station, a new combined cycle natural gas-fired power plant located in Dover, New York.

BC Hydro’s West Kelowna Transmission project to cost CAD100 million 

March 16, 2017
According to the latest report of Canadian grid developer BC Hydro, the West Kelowna Transmission project is likely to cost CAD100 million.



Latin America News


CAF and Chilean energy ministry launch call to study Argentina–Chile Interconnection Project 

March 16, 2017
The Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) or the Latin American Development Bank, and Ministry of Energy of Chile have launched a call to study the economic benefits and regulatory aspects of the second Argentina–Chile Interconnection Project.

Brazilian TAESA shows interest in Eletrobras’ transmission assets 

March 14, 2017
Brazilian power transmission company Transmissora Alianca de Energia Eletrica SA (TAESA) owned by Brazilian energy company Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (Cemig) and Colombian state-owned power group Interconexion Electrica (ISA), has expressed interest in purchasing the transmission assets of local state-run electricity group Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (Eletrobras).

Paraguay ANDE energises Villa Hayes–Puerto Sajonia Transmission Project 

March 14, 2017
Paraguay’s state-owned power company Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) has energised the Villa Hayes–Puerto Sajonia Transmission Project.

Brazil to offer BRL13.1 billion transmission projects in April 2017 

March 10, 2017
Brazil's energy regulator Agencia Nacional de Energia Eletrica (ANEEL) will auction new licenses to build and operate 7,400-km of power transmission lines worth BRL13.1 billion, in April 2017.



Asia-Pacific News


China’s Liaoning and Pakistan’s EMCO sign MoU to manufacture transmission equipment 

March 16, 2017
Liaoning Hualong Group of China and EMCO Industries Limited of Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form a joint venture to manufacture high voltage engineering and electrical products to facilitate transmission of electricity in Pakistan.

KEPCO and GE sign MoU for HVDC infrastructure in South Korea 

March 16, 2017
South Korean power utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) and General Electric (GE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish infrastructure for high voltage direct current (HVDC) in Bitgaram Energy Valley in Naju city in South Korea.

Philippines’ NGCP to undertake transmission network improvement programme 

March 13, 2017
The private concessionaire of the Philippines’ high voltage network National Grid Corporation of Philippines (NGCP) is set to undertake several major transmission network facility improvement programmes during 2017.

China’s SGCC puts into operation 800 kV Jiuquan–Hunan line 

March 13, 2017
China’s State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) has put into operation the ±800 kV ultra high voltage direct current (UHVDC) Jiuquan–Hunan transmission line project.



Europe News


Britain’s Ofgem seeks bidders for two transmission links under TR5 of OFTO regime 

March 15, 2017
British energy market regulator Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is seeking bidders to own and operate power transmission links to two offshore wind farms, namely the 336 MW Galloper and 660 MW Walney Extension.

Ukraine’s TSO plans 220 kV and 500 kV projects 

March 15, 2017
Ukraine’s transmission system operator (TSO) Ukrenergo has estimated the cost of a high voltage project entailing construction of the 500 kV Kreminska substation and 220 kV Kreminska–Yuvileina overhead line at UAH1.8 billion.

Ireland’s Eirgrid energises 110 kV Mullinga–Kinnegad line 

March 15, 2017
Ireland’s transmission system developer Eirgrid has energised the 110 kV, 24-km-long Mullingar–Kinnegad line. The project is being developed to bring electricity infrastructure in Mullingar at par with towns of similar sizes across Ireland.

Scotland’s Caithness–Moray project reaches major milestone 

March 15, 2017
Scotland’s Caithness–Moray transmission project has reached a key milestone following the clearance of rocks and boulders along the proposed route for subsea cable.



Middle East & Africa News


Zimbabwe’s SPB shortlists bidders for 400 kV line [free access]

March 16, 2017
Zimbabwe’s State Procurement Board (SPB) has shortlisted two technically-compliant bidders for the 400 kV Orange Groove–Triangle transmission line under the Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa (MoZiSa) interconnection project.

Liberia’s energy ministry receives USD42 million loan and grants for energy efficiency project 

March 16, 2017
Liberia’s energy ministry has received a USD42.48 million combined loan and grant to facilitate the implementation of Liberia Energy Efficiency and Access Project (LEAP) which aims to increase the population's access to electricity from the current 2 per cent to 6 per cent by 2020, and to strengthen the electricity sector.

Oman’s KAHRAMAA launches initiative to manage transmission network equipment 

March 15, 2017
Qatar's high voltage transmission grid developer Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) is all set to undertake an initiative aimed to manage its electricity transmission equipment as per global standards.

Eskom commissions second transformer at 400 kV substation in South Africa 

March 14, 2017
South African Eskom Holdings SOC Limited (Eskom) has energised and commissioned the second 500 MVA power transformers at the newly built 400/132 kV step-down Ngwedi substation, bringing the total capacity to 1,000 MVA.