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North America News

US utilities present replacement, refurbishment projects to ISO-NE 

February 25, 2021
US utilities—Eversource Energy and Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), a member of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC)—have recently presented replacement and refurbishment projects to the Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Planning Advisory Committee.

MidWest Energy plans new 115 kV transmission line in Kansas 

February 24, 2021
MidWest Energy—an electric and natural gas cooperative—is planning to construct a 115 kV transmission line in the southeast of Hays, Kansas.

PG&E to deploy AI trading platform for Moss Landing battery system [free access]

February 24, 2021
The California-based investor-owned utility (IoU)—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)—is planning to deploy Fluence’s artificial intelligence (AI) trading platform for optimisation and market bidding services for its 182.5 MW/730 MWh Moss Landing battery energy storage system (BESS).

Southeastern utilities seek FERC’s approval for new energy exchange market 

February 22, 2021
Fourteen southeastern utilities, led by the Southern Company, have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve a new energy exchange market—Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM), spanning parts of 10 Southeast US states.

Latin America News

Colombian EPM installs first 500 kV transformer at the 2.4 GW Ituango HEP 

February 23, 2021
Recently, Colombian Empresas Públicas de Medellín E.S.P. (EPM) has installed the first 500 kV transformer at the 2.4 GW Ituango hydroelectric project (HEP), of the planned 25 high voltage transformers.

Brazilian Cadehas initiates analysing EDP’s transmission acquisition 

February 22, 2021
As per news reports, Brazil’s competition regulator Cadehas has started analysing the acquisition by Portugal’s Energias de Portugal (EDP) of Mata Grande Transmissora de Energia (MGTE)—a consortium formed by IG Distribuição e Transmissão de Energia and ESS Energias Renováveis.

Colombian UPME aborts tender for grid-scale energy storage system 

February 18, 2021
Colombian mining and energy planning unit, Unidad de Planeación Minero Energética (UPME), had to abort an initial attempt to award a supervisory contract for the country's first grid-scale, energy storage project, due to lack of interest.

Brazilian Celgpar approves privatisation of CELG GT [free access]

February 15, 2021
Brazilian Celgpar – a holding company owned by the state government of Goiás, which controls Celg Geração e Transmissão S.A. (CELG GT), has decided to continue the process of selling its shares in the latter, in addition to its holdings in other projects.

Asia-Pacific News

Indian CSPTCL energises 132 kV line 

February 26, 2021
Indian state-owned transmission company, Chhattisgarh State Power Transmission Company Limited (CSPTCL), has recently energised the 25 km-long, 132 kV Gerwani─Gharghoda extra-high tension (EHT) transmission line.

Adani’s renewable arm to develop transmission lines for 300 MW wind project in Gujarat, India 

February 26, 2021
Indian Adani Green Energy, the renewable energy arm of Adani Group, has received Central Electricity Authority’s (CEA) approval to construct transmission lines for a 300 MW wind project in Gujarat.

India and AIIB sign loan deal for transmission project in Assam [free access]

February 25, 2021
The Indian government and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have recently signed a loan agreement of USD304 million for development of the Assam Intra-State Transmission System Enhancement project.

Philippines’ Visayas–Mindanao Interconnection faces further delay 

February 24, 2021
The concessionaire for the Philippine transmission network, National Grid Corporation of Philippines (NGCP), expects to face further delays in the Visayas–Mindanao Interconnection Project (VMIP), which was scheduled for completion in December 2021.

Europe News

Swiss Linxon wins 380 kV GIS substation order from German Transnet 

February 26, 2021
Linxon, a Hitachi ABB Power Grids & SNC-Lavalin company has been selected to supply a 380 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation for the German transmission system operator (TSO) Transnet BW in southwestern Germany.

Italy’s Terna launches 1,000 MW Adriatic Link [free access]

February 23, 2021
The Italian power transmission system operator (TSO) Terna has started the participatory design of the Adriatic Link, the new 1,000 MW undersea power line that will connect Abruzzo and Le Marche.

Draft law on Ukraine’s Ukrenergo certification passes first reading in Parliament 

February 22, 2021
Ukraine’s parliament, Verkhovna Rada, has approved the draft law 3364-1-d at the first reading, enabling the certification of the country’s transmission system operator (TSO) Ukrenergo as a European TSO, based on the independent system operator (ISO) model.

Turkey's TEIAS awards transformer deal to Hitachi ABB Power Grids [free access]

February 19, 2021
Switzerland-based Hitachi ABB Power Grids has received a USD20 million order from Turkey's state-owned transmission system operator (TSO) Türkiye Elektrik Iletim A.S (TEIAS) to supply power transformers.

Middle East & Africa News

Moroccan ONEE launches MAD2 billion transmission project 

February 24, 2021
Morocco’s Office National de l'Electricitéet de l'Eau Potable (ONEE) has earmarked an investment worth around MAD2 billion, for executing a transmission project aimed at strengthening the electricity supply in the southern provinces of the country, which have enormous potential for renewable energy (RE).

South African government allocates ZAR88 million for Eskom’s restructuring 

February 24, 2021
The South African government has allocated state-owned power utility, Eskom Holdings SOC Limited (Eskom), with ZAR56 billion for 2020-21, of which ZAR6 billion of the equity allocations had been provided by September 30, 2020.

Local Saudi firms submit lowest bid to SEC for 380 kV cable project 

February 23, 2021
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has received the lowest bids from two local firms for the installation of 380 kV underground cable (UGC) associated with Substation 9097.

Saudi’s SEC awards Al Sharif with EPC substation contract worth SAR198 million 

February 22, 2021
Recently, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth SAR198 million to local Al Sharif Group for the 380/132 kV Saad solar PV substation.