Armenia: The Armenian parliament is reported to have ratified a law to privatize the country’s electricity supply network. Strategic investors will be able to buy minority stakes in four distribution networks – Yerevan, Central, Northern and Southern – which between them serve around 750 000 users.

Georgia: Russia’s EES Rossii is planning to construct a 120 km-long high voltage transmission line in Georgia, running from Zestafoni via Akhaltsikhe to the border with Turkey. The line will enter service in 2001.

Latvia: GE Harris Energy Control Systems has been awarded two contracts to supply energy control systems in Riga, Latvia. The Baltic Dispatch Centre (DC Baltija) and the Latvenergo National Dispatch Centre will be equipped with systems to coordinate power plants, regional dispatch centres and the 330 kV and 110 kV transmission lines within the country. The contracts include the installation of a Scada/EMS energy control system, an emergency backup control system, a development system and data-link communications.

Lithuania: The Lithuanian commission engaged in the restructuring and privatization of the country’s power utility, Lietuvos Energija, has endorsed a proposal by its advisers, CIBC Wood Grundy, to set up two separate electricity distribution companies ahead of final privatization.

Morocco: The state-run Office National de L’Electricit√© (ONE) has issued an international tender for the construction of $200m worth of wind farms in Tangiers and Tarfaya. Nine consortia, including ones led by AES, Enron Wind, Endesa and Alstom, have pre-qualified for the tender, which will be awarded by the end of 2000.

Romania: The Romanian government is seeking financing to complete the construction of its delayed second nuclear power plant. The country is said to be negotiating with Canada’s AECL and Export Development Corporation for support for the project, which is 40 per cent complete and which requires approximately $750m in funding over the next five years. The government believes that anticipated growth in the country’s economy justifies the completion of the reactor and possibly the construction of a third reactor in the near future.

Russia: Unified Energy Systems (UES) has completed a feasibility study on a plan to supply electricity to Japan from Sakhalin Island. The $9.6bn project would entail the construction of two power plants – one coal fired and one gas fired – and a transmission line. The power would be supplied to Hokkaido Island and the main Tokyo grid.