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North America News

Eversource notifies increased cost of Greater Boston Project 

September 25, 2020
Eversource Energy apprised the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) Committee that the cost of the Greater Boston Project is expected to increase by USD191 million (33 per cent), primarily because of the underground power lines – Wakefield–Woburn, Mystic–Woburn and Sudbury–Hudson.

TVA to install first grid-scale BESS 

September 24, 2020
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently announced that it plans to build its first owned and operated grid-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) near an industrial complex in Vonore, Tennessee state.

FERC issues landmark rule, opening wholesale markets to distributed energy 

September 23, 2020
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued the draft Order 2222 that paves the way for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs), like small-scale solar arrays and battery installations, to participate in wholesale power markets.

US government allocates USD9.6 billion to rebuild Puerto Rico power grid 

September 22, 2020
The US government has recently announced an aid of USD9.6 billion to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electricity grid.

Latin America News

Three transmission projects submitted to Chilean SEA for environmental approval 

September 23, 2020
Recently, three transmission projects have been submitted for environmental approval to the Chilean Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA) or Environmental Assessment Service.

Paraguay’s ANDE presents budget for next year’s electricity projects [free access]

September 21, 2020
Paraguay’s state-owned power company, Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE), has presented a budget of USD414.59 million for the execution of 25 electricity projects in 2021.

Paraguayan ANDE awards USD9.7 million substation expansion contract to Tecnoedil 

September 21, 2020
Paraguay’s state-owned power company, Administración Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE), has awarded local company Tecnoedil a USD9.71 million contract for the expansion of the Caaguazú substation.

Spanish Elecnor bags 56 MW wind farm project in Mexico 

September 21, 2020
Recently, the Spanish infrastructure, energy and telecommunications company, Elecnor, has been awarded a EUR28.8 million contract for the construction of the 56 MW Coromuel wind farm in Mexico, which is being developed by Eurus Energy.

Asia-Pacific News

Chinese firm wins contract to restore power link between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan 

September 24, 2020
The Chinese firm—Shanghai Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Company Limited—has recently won a contract to restore the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded 500 kV Guzar–Regar power line between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

New Zealand’s Transpower gets approval for NZD143 million voltage stability project 

September 23, 2020
New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has recently approved the national grid operator, Transpower’s proposal, to recover up to NZD143 million of investment to manage voltage stability in the Waikato and Upper North Island region.

Philippine NGCP reassesses timeline for transmission projects in wake of COVID-19 

September 22, 2020
Private concessionaire for the Philippine transmission network, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), is reassessing its timeline for the delivery of various critical transmission projects, in the wake of the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

EMROD announces wireless technology for New Zealand’s transmission system 

September 22, 2020
EMROD—a New Zealand-based technology startup—recently announced that it has developed a new long-range, high-powered wireless power transmission technology that could substitute the existing copper lines.

Europe News

Export cable surveys underway for 3.6 GW Norfolk Vanguard and Boreas OWFs in UK 

September 24, 2020
The Swedish utility, Vattenfall is set to soon start subsea surveys at Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas offshore wind farms (OWFs).

Subsea surveys to soon start at Beatrice offshore wind farm in Scotland 

September 24, 2020
Subsea surveys are set to start at the 588 MW Beatrice offshore wind farm, located some 13 km off the coast of Caithness in Scotland.

SSEN begins tower removal works in Cairngorms National Park in Scotland 

September 24, 2020
SSE Networks Transmission (SSEN Transmission)—the transmission business of the Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) company—has removed the first of 46 transmission towers as part of the mitigation work for the 400 kV Beauly¬–Denny mega pylon line in the Cairngorms National Park in Northeast Scotland.

EC set to investigate new electricity capacity scheme in Belgium [free access]

September 23, 2020
The European Commission (EC) has launched an in-depth investigation to assess whether an electricity capacity scheme in Belgium is in line with European Union (EU) state aid rules.

Middle East & Africa News

Local Raissy Company submits lowest bid to Saudi’s SEC for 110 kV OHTL 

September 22, 2020
Saudi-based Raissy Trading and Contracting Company has submitted the lowest bid of SAR52.9 million to the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for the construction of a 50-km-long, 110 kV overhead transmission line (OHTL) connecting the Al Salam and Bawat substations. A total of eight bidders had submitted proposals.

NELSAP invites consultancy services for Uganda–DRC grid link [free access]

September 22, 2020
The Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP) has invited Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for consultancy services for the Uganda–Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) Power Interconnection Line Project.

250 MVA transformer energised at 140 MW Kangnas wind farm in South Africa 

September 22, 2020
A 250 MVA transformer at the Groeipunt transmission substation, associated with the 140 MW Kangnas wind farm located in Northern Cape, South Africa, has recently been energised.

HVDC EuroAfrica receive bids from two global cable players 

September 21, 2020
EuroAfrica Interconnector Limited, a unit of Cyprus-based private company Quantum Energy, is developing the EuroAfrica Interconnector, which will connect the electricity grids of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece.