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North America News


FERC issues NoI to increase grid cybersecurity through standards; issues whitepaper on incentivising cybersecurity 

June 25, 2020
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 18, 2020, issued a notice of inquiry (NoI) seeking comments on potential enhancements to the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards for cybersecurity of the US bulk electric system (BES).

Developers of CHPE power line to begin solicitation for transmission capacity 

June 24, 2020
The developers of the proposed 1,000 MW Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) transmission line project—Transmission Developers Incorporated (TDI), through its subsidiary TDI-USA Holdings Corporation (TUHC), and National Resources Energy, LLC (NRE), a Delaware limited liability company—have decided to conduct an open solicitation process for transmission capacity on the said line.

ATCO, Quanta win concession to operate and modernise Puerto Rico's transmission grid 

June 23, 2020
Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO Group company, and Quanta Services, Inc. as a consortium, have won a contract to modernise and operate Puerto Rico's electric transmission and distribution system.

FERC finds PJM not complying with Order 1000 on transmission reliability projects 

June 22, 2020
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 18, 2020 terminated transmission probes into three of the regional transmission operators (RTOs) — ISO New England (ISO-NE), PJM Interconnection (PJM) and Southwest Power Pool (SPP).



Latin America News


Sempra Energy completes sale of Chilean business to State Grid [free access]

June 24, 2020
San Diego-based Sempra Energy and State Grid International Development Limited (SGID), a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), has officially completed the sale process of Sempra’s energy business in Chile, to the latter, on June 24.

Chilean CEN awards USD57 million in 18 transmission contracts to local players 

June 24, 2020
Recently, the Chilean national electricity system, Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional (CEN), has awarded 18 engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) contracts under the decrees 418/2017 and 293/2018 for the expansion of various transmission facilities located between Arica and Chiloé cities of the country.

Dominican ETED commissions 132 kV El Seíbo–Hato line project 

June 22, 2020
Dominican Republic transmission utility, Empresa de Transmision Electrica Dominicana (ETED), has successfully commissioned the 138 kV El Seíbo–Hato Mayor transmission line project, and further connected it to the Sistema Eléctrico Nacional Interconectado (SENI) or the National Interconnected Electric System.

Engie Brasil Energia, BNDES sign USD487 million deal for Novo Estado power lines 

June 16, 2020
Brazilian utility Engie Brasil Energia SA has signed a financing agreement worth USD487 million with the Brazilian state-owned Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) or the National Bank for Economic and Social Development, for the development of the Novo Estado transmission line project.



Asia-Pacific News


Australian TransGrid signs grid connection agreement for 720 MW solar farm 

June 25, 2020
The 720 MW New England solar farm, being developed by UPC/AC Renewables, has recently secured a grid connection agreement with the New South Wales (NSW) transmission system operator (TSO), TransGrid, in Australia.

Japan's Sojitz Corporation bags EPC substation contract in Myanmar 

June 24, 2020
Japan's Sojitz Corporation has bagged a JPY15 billion engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a substation project from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE), Myanmar.

AusNet, regional councils in row over Western Victoria Transmission Project 

June 24, 2020
Australian energy company, AusNet Services, is in a row over the AUD370 million Western Victoria Transmission Network Project, with the regional councils in Australia.

Pakistan’s NTDC invites bids for extension works at 220 kV grid stations [free access]

June 23, 2020
Pakistan’s state-owned high voltage network developer, National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC), has invited international competitive bids for the design, supply and installation of extension works at the 220 kV Sibi and Loralai grid stations (GSs).



Europe News


SSEN to invest GBP2.3 million in network upgrades in England 

June 25, 2020
The Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), a part of the Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) company, has recently announced its plans to make investments worth GBP2.3 million in upgrades to electricity transmission infrastructure in southern England, UK.

German Amprion unveils innovative concept for offshore integration vision 

June 25, 2020
The Germany power transmission system operator (TSO), Amprion, recently presented an innovative concept¬ — the European Offshore Busbar (Eurobar) — for integrating offshore wind farms across Europe.

Denmark paves the way for 6 GW offshore wind plans by 2030, to meet green goals 

June 25, 2020
The Danish Parliament has signed an ambitious climate agreement, which paves the way for the realisation of the world's first two energy islands located in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, in addition to the establishment of a 1 GW offshore wind farm at Hesselø.

Slovenian ELES signs contracts for first transmission line with Hungary 

June 25, 2020
Slovenia's state-owned electricity transmission operator, Elektro-Slovenija, d.o.o. (ELES), has signed three contracts with Croatian power transmission equipment manufacturer, Dalekovod.



Middle East & Africa News


German Siemens bags 400 kV substation contract in Iraq [free access]

June 25, 2020
The German Siemens Gas and Power (Siemens Energy) has signed a contract with Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity (MoE) to establish the 400 kV Al Hamudhia substation located in the Ramadi city of the country.

Mozambique EDM to focus on key transmission projects 

June 25, 2020
The Mozambican Prime Minister has urged the country’s state-owned Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) to focus on the implementation of its key strategic transmission projects under Mozambique’s Energy for All programme, which aims to provide electricity to all citizens of the country by 2030.

Egyptian EETC awards Elsewedy 500 kV OHTL contract worth USD7.6 million 

June 24, 2020
Elsewedy Electric’s subsidiary, Elsewedy Electric for Trading & Distribution, has bagged a 500 kV overhead transmission line (OHTL) contract from the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), valued at USD7.6 million.

Rwandan portion under NEL Interconnection stalled since 2017 

June 23, 2020
As per Rwandan officials, the country’s portion under the Nile Equatorial Lakes (NEL) Interconnection Project, which aims to link the electricity grids of the five NEL countries—Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, the DRC [eastern part] and Rwanda, has been stalled since 2017 due to various challenges.