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North America News

US DOE announces USD505 million programme for energy storage 

May 17, 2022
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the USD505 million Long Duration Energy Storage for Everyone, Everywhere (LD ESEE) initiative under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

DATA coalition supports FERC’s NOPR on transmission planning 

May 17, 2022
The Developers Advocating Transmission Advancements (DATA) Coalition, a group of incumbent investor-owned utilities (IOUs), has announced support for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to reform regional transmission planning and cost allocation.

California earmarks USD5.2 billion for strategic electricity reliability reserve 

May 17, 2022
According to a revised budget proposal, California has set aside USD5.2 billion to fund a strategic electricity reliability reserve—a resource of up to 5,000 MW that the state can draw into when the grid is particularly stressed.

Maine DEP staff back NECEC project ahead of environment permit hearing 

May 17, 2022
The staff of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which advises the Board of Environment Protection (BEP), have largely disagreed with the opponents of the proposed USD1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) power line.

Latin America News

Engie Brasil and Copel partner for participation in Brazil’s transmission auction 

May 20, 2022
Engie Brasil has signed an agreement with Copel Geração e Transmissão, wholly-owned subsidiary of Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel), to form a consortium to participate in the upcoming transmission auction for project planned for the southeast region of Brazil.

Ecuador’s CELEC EP and USTDA to take up Digital Modernization project 

May 18, 2022
Ecuador's state-owned power company, La Empresa Pública Estratégica Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador (CELEC EP), and the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) have signed an agreement to execute a project for Digital Modernization of the Sistema Nacional de Transmisión (SNT) or the national transmission system.

Chile’s Kimal–Lo Aguirre HVDC line to operationalise by May 2029 [free access]

May 17, 2022
According to Ministerio de Energía Chile or the Chile’s Ministry of Energy, the Kimal–Lo Aguirre high voltage direct current (HVDC) line will commence its operations in May 2029.

Colombian GEB to take possession of Elecnorte in La Guajira 

May 17, 2022
Colombian Grupo Energía Bogotá (GEB) has signed a share purchase agreement with UK-based asset management company Ashmore Management Company to acquire its 100 per cent stake in Elecnorte SAS ESP, which provides services in La Guajira department of Colombia.

Asia-Pacific News

Chinese Zhejiang Province issues 14th Five-Year Plan for grid expansion 

May 20, 2022
The energy department of Zhejiang Province of China has issued its 14th Five-Year Plan highlighting the need for expansion and upgradation of the power grid in the region.

Pakistan’s NTDC invites bids for 500 kV transmission project 

May 20, 2022
Pakistan’s National Transmission & Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) has invited competitive bids for the supply of goods for a 500 kV double-circuit quad bundle transmission line from Sangal to the 500 kV Maira switching station (approximately 83 km), using aluminum conductor steel reinforced (ACSR) bunting conductor.

NPPMB invites bids for 500 kV project in Vietnam 

May 20, 2022
Northern Power Project Management Board (NPPMB), a branch of National Power Transmission Corporation (EVNNPT), has invited international competitive bids for the supply and delivery of a 500/220/35 kV transformer under Phase 2 of the 500 kV Vinh Yen transformer station and connecting lines’ project.

South Korean KEPCO issues corporate bonds over KRW800 billion to finance 500 kV project 

May 20, 2022
South Korean electric utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has planned to issue KRW842.8 billion worth of corporate bonds for the development of 500 kV East Coast─Singapyeong Transmission Line Project.

Europe News

Germany’s Borkum Riffgrund 1 OSW farm provides system balancing power 

May 19, 2022
Germany’s 312 MW Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind (OSW) farm located in Germany’s exclusive economic zone in the North Sea, is providing grid stabilisation power for the German power grid, making it the country’s first offshore wind farm taking up this task.

Four EU countries to build 150 GW offshore capacity in North Sea by 2050 

May 19, 2022
Four European Union (EU) countries, including Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark, have signed a EUR135 billion pact to develop 65 GW by 2030 and at least 150 GW of offshore capacity by 2050, more than 10 times their existing capacity.

Austrian TSO APG to invest EUR150 million in Ernsthofen substation 

May 19, 2022
APG AG (Austrian Power Grid AG), the transmission system operator (TSO) of Austria, has invested EUR150 million in the modernisation of the 220 kV Ernsthofen substation in Lower Austria.

Russia’s Rosseti upgrades 500 kV Zarya substation 

May 19, 2022
Russia’s state-owned power transmission company, Rosseti FGC UES, has completed the upgradation work for the 500 kV Zarya ultra-high voltage substation in the Novosibirsk region.

Middle East & Africa News

Contract awarded for autotransformers in Al-Basrah, Iraq 

May 20, 2022
General Company for Electrical Energy Transmission/Southern Region (SETCO) signed a USD5.64 million contract on April 27, 2022 with Turkey’s Astor Enerji A.Ş, to supply two 250 MVA, 400/132/11 kV autotransformers in Al-Basrah Governorate, Iraq.

Senegal’s Senelec awards contract for 225 kV Ferlo loop to Dorsalys 

May 20, 2022
Senegal’s electricity utility La Société Nationale d'Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) has awarded a contract to French company Dorsalys for the construction of the Ferlo loop, new substations, and extension of an existing substation.

Indian JV wins contract for Niger’s 132 kV transmission project 

May 20, 2022
The joint venture (JV) of Indian firms, TETRA Consultants and Feedback Infra Private Limited, has won a contract worth USD0.37 million for a 132 kV transmission project in Niger.

Ethiopia signs MoU with South Sudan to supply electricity 

May 18, 2022
South Sudan and Ethiopia's state-owned utility, Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the supply of electricity and transmission interconnection projects to be implemented in two phases.