Electric utilities in Australia are facing far-reaching reforms to break down government-based monopolies and introduce new competition. The objective is to achieve reforms similar to those in the United Kingdom, creating a national grid to separate generators from distributors. Retail competition will be encouraged.

Swasti Power Engineering Ltd. of India and Essex Hydro Associates of the United States have announced a joint venture to develop the hydropower potential of the Bhilanganga River in Uttar Pradesh, with permission recently granted by the government for three to five plants and a target total capacity between 9 MW and 25 MW.

MAN B&W Diesel AG, Augsburg, Germany, won the contract for an energy supply modernization project for the town of Grimma in Saxonia, Germany. MAN B&W is extending the existing station with a cogeneration plant.

ABB is laying a 150-mile high-voltage dc transmission link under the Baltic sea. The cable, rated at 600 MW capacity with 450-kV dc, will run from Kruseberg, Sweden, to Herrenwyk, Germany. The project will set new world records for both length and capacity.

The French and Chinese authorities have chosen a consortium of French firms to participate in the expansion of Daya Bay nuclear power plant in Guandong province of China. The expansion is expected to cost approximately (US)$2.83 billion.

Air Instruments and Measurements Inc., Baldwin Park, Calif., USA, announced shipping of its 100th in-situ Model E-6000 HCl analyzer. The system is being used primarily in Europe and Asia for on-line, real-time closed loop control and compliance monitoring of flue gas HCl emission levels.