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Med-TSO's Newsletter n.1

Med-TSO's Newsletter n.1

Election of one of the Vice-presidents

The General Assembly in Amman was the chance to elect also one of the six Vice-presidents of the Association. Mr. Hakki Özata (Deputy General Manager of TEIAS, the Turkish TSO) has become, by acclamation, Vice-President, replacing Mr. Ibrahim Balanuye (TEIAS), who retired.

Thanks to these appointments, the Top Management is composed by:


Ameur BCHIR (STEG, Tunisie)

Vice Presidents :

Abdel-Fattah Ali-Fayyad AL DARADKAH (NEPCO, Jordan)

Victor BAPTISTA (REN, Portugal)

Yiannis BLANAS (ADMIE, Greece)

Carlo CREA (TERNA, Italy)

Hervé LAFFAYE (RTE, France)

Hakki ÖZATA (TEIAS, Turkey)

Secretary General :

Angelo FERRANTE (TERNA, Italy)


In the framework of the COP22 meeting in Morocco, the Secretary General of Med-TSO, Mr. Angelo Ferrante took part to the side event “Integration of renewable energy into the national power systems”, organized by ONEE, the Moroccan TSO, with the partnership of OME, Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie.

In the green area of the COP22 village, representatives from ONEE, OME, RTE (the French TSO) and REE (the Spanish TSO) convened with the aim to provide a platform to exchange and share the lessons learned and best practices in the integration of renewable energy in power systems between participants and experts.

Main topics of the workshop were the ongoing context of energy transition, the exchange of experiences of the national systems massively integrated with renewable energies and the need to solve the problems of intermittency of renewables.

The panel conference was opened by a speech of Mr. Ali Fassi Fihri, General Director of ONEE, and moderated by Mr. Angelo Ferrante. Took part to the event Mr. Pascal Bertolini (Projects Director at RTE International, France), Mr. Miguel de la Torre (Control Centre Engineer and Control Centre for RES coordinator, Red Electrica, Spain), Mr. Hassan Abaach, (OME Consultant) and Mr. Brahim Oumounah, (Planning and Strategy Director, ONEE, Morocco and Med-TSO Regional Working Group West Convenor).

New Senior Project Manager

Beginning on last November 21st , Mr. Mihai Paun is the new Mediterranean Project Senior Manager. Mr. Paun has a PhD degree in Power Engineering and a Master degree in Financial Management and Banks. He has an experience of more than 25 years in the electricity industry at managerial and executive level. He spent more than 6 years at ENTSO-E, as responsible for the preparation of the non-binding European-wide Ten-Year Networks Development Plan - TYNDP, HV electricity infrastructure, Smart Grids, Electricity Highways.

Med-TSO participated to the UfM Energy Ministerial meeting

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Ministerial Meeting on Energy took place in Rome on December 1st, in the framework of the forum Mediterranean Dialogues hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI - International Policy Studies Institute).

The Energy meeting underlined that energy can give a new boost to a great regional cooperation in order to deliver a secure, affordable and sustainable power supply, a major factor for stability and shared prosperity in the Mediterranean region. The UfM members stressed the need to strength regional energy cooperation in the Mediterranean by establishing thematic platforms.

Platforms are one of the topic building blocks in the Med-TSO goals. The Association is convinced that a technical platform for multilateral cooperation can enormously facilitate the integration of the Mediterranean Power Systems and foster security and socio – economic development in the Region.

Med-TSO's mission is to support all the technical and institutional initiatives aiming at the development of an integrated, secure and sustainable regional electricity transmission grid, in order to facilitate the creation of a Mediterranean energy market and further integrate the RES. Therefore, Med-TSO has been contributing for more than one year to the works of the UfM Regional Electricity Market Platform, as the Members believe that the goal of the Platform is in line with the target of our Association.

Thanks to the grant given by the EC for our Mediterranean Project, Med-TSO is focusing the activity on creating a cooperation framework by sharing rules and procedures for developing the electricity grids and operating the power systems of the Associates in a coordinated way. This is a precondition to integrate the national electricity markets by sharing the national complementarities, thus responding to the energy challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni opened the UfM Ministerial Conference on Energy and said ‘the Energy is a crucial connection tool that can help the region development and to find order. The energy is an extraordinarily relevant point of contact in a Area that spans from the Europe, the Balkans to Middle East to North Africa’.

Med-TSO delegation which took part to the event, stated: ‘Our work plan aims at defining criteria for optimizing the operation of the existing grids and for assessing new investment projects in such a way to catch their benefits at regional level (and not only at a national one). Therefore Med-TSO strongly supports the necessity to enhance the investments in interconnections, including those necessary to strengthen the energy security within the UfM Region. To this aim, we believe that projects in several corridors along the Mediterranean, such as the Italy-Tunisia interconnection project, benefit not only the directly involved countries but also the Mediterranean region as a whole. We will contribute also to the zonal approach pursued by the Platforms Action Plan, identifying, through our analysis, those areas where faster and stronger possibilities to overcome the current gaps and asymmetries exist. We would like to express once again Med-TSO’s support to the EC and UfM and our engagement in working proactively for the success of the Platforms’.

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