The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan have signed a US$260 million loan agreement to improve Pakistan’s power transmission network.
Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that 44 of the 97 projects awarded in its Avançar Energia programme has been completed, adding 1,028 MW of installed capacity to the National Generator Park (Parque Gerador Nacional).
Brookfield Infrastructure has announced that it has completed the sale of its approximate 27.8% interest in ETC Transmission Holdings, S.L. to China Southern Power Grid International (HK) Co., Ltd. for US$1.3 billion.
The Minister of Energy of Turkmenistan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan and the Minister of State for Petroleum of Pakistan have signed a framework agreement for the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) Power Interconnection Project.
IPPToday #166: Avangrid selected as alternative winner in Massachusetts clean energy procurement process
AVANGRID, Inc., a diversified energy company, and its subsidiary Central Maine Power Company (CMP) have confirmed that the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) transmission project has been selected by the Massachusetts electric utilities and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in the Commonwealth’s 83D clean energy Request for Proposal (RFP).
A consortium comprising Meridiam, Allianz Capital Partners, on behalf of Allianz Group, and Kansai Electric Power have announced that they will fund NeuConnect Britain Ltd, a newly set up operating company, which will build the first direct power link between Germany and the UK.
The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) of Mexico has announced the bidding rules for proposals for the development of the Ixtepec Potencia – Yautepec Potencia transmission project, which includes the first direct current transmission line. The project represents an estimated investment of US$1.7 billion and will enter into commercial operation in the year 2021.
The Government of Mexico has started the tender process for the Baja California Transmission Line project. The tender is seeking a developer to install and operate a 1,400 km transmission line linking Seri, in the state of Sonora, in north-east Mexico, to Cucapáh in the state of Baja California.
Sterlite Power has acquired a 28.4% stake in its transmission infrastructure business from Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) for INR10.1 billion (US$157 million). With this acquisition, Sterlite Power holds 100% stake in the business.
Massachusetts utilities has announced that they have selected a Eversource Energy’s subsidiary Northern Pass Transmission (NPT) and Hydro-Québec joint proposal to supply 9.45 TWh of firm clean energy, which will help the state enhance reliability and contribute to its greenhouse gas reduction requirements.
IPPToday #143: President of Brazil submits bill for US$3.8 billion privatisation of Eletrobras to Congress
The President of Brazil, Michel Terner, has advanced the privatisation of state-owned power company Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA, commonly known as Eletrobras, by submitting a bill defining the terms of the sale to Congress. The bill states that the company will be privatised through a capital increase, with an option for a secondary offering of government shares (currently 52%).
The European Commission yesterday approved an unprecedented grant of EUR578 million (US$718.5 million) to the Biscay Gulf France-Spain interconnection project. The grant will fund the construction of a 370km electricity transmission line between Gatika, around 20km north of Bilbao, in the north-east of Spain, and Cubnezais, around 40km north of Bordeaux, in the south-west of France.
Vattenfall has announced that it has agreed to will supply 1.5 TWh of electricity annually to AkzoNobel in the Netherlands. The new agreement concerns AkzoNobel’s chemical production sites in Delfzijl, Hengelo and Rotterdam.
Allianz Capital Partners (ACP), Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and Valtion Eläkerahasto (VER) have signed an agreement to acquire Elenia Oy, Finland’s second largest power distribution system operator and Elenia Lämpö Oy, Finland’s ninth largest district heating network.
Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy has announced that the winning projects in the power transmission line auction that took place on Friday 15 December represent BRL8.75 billion (US$2.66 billion) in investments.
The first Latin America ±800 kV UHVDC (Ultrahigh-Voltage Direct Current) Electricity Transmission Line came into operation on December, 12th 2017 which drains energy generated by the Belo Monte Power Plant in Xingu (Pará, North of Brazil) to the National Interconnected System (SIN – Sistema Inter Nacional) in the Southeast region.
Peru’s infrastructure authority ProInversion has awarded a PPP contract for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a 220 kV transmission line located in the south of the country.
Ofgem has appointed Transmission Capital Partners as the preferred bidder to own and operate the high-voltage transmission link to the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm for the next 20 years.
ACCIONA has signed two contracts with HOMT España as part of the project worth over €40 million (US$ 47,07 million) that the latter is executing for Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO).
Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN) has announced strategic alliances with established energy and industrial sector powerhouses Schneider Electric and The Carlyle Group.