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Med-TSO's Newsletter n.2

Med-TSO's Newsletter n.2

Change in Management

Last 30 December 2016, the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) appointed a new Président Directeur Géneral (PDG).

Following this appointment, last 6 January 2017, Med-TSO President, Mr. Ameur Bchir, resigned from his position after two months since his election during the General Assembly held in Amman on 19 October 2016.

Mr. Bchir thanked the members of the Association for the confidence and wished continued success, reiterating his will to continue to support our association.

The new PDG of STEG is Mr. Moncef Harrabi: born on 17 February 1959 in Ouled Haffouz, he is a senior engineer in electrical engineering and power plants; his specializations are strategic studies, planning, realization of projects of means of production and transmission of electricity, management, operation and maintenance of the means of production and transport of electrical energy, renewable energies, energy efficiency and climate change. He had also been Vice President of the Renewable Energy Committee of the Mediterranean Electricity Observatory (OEM) for the period 2011-2015.

Victor Baptista acting President

According to our Internal Regulations, as Mr. Bchir did not give any ad hoc delegation, the senior Med-TSO Vice President, Mr. Victor Baptista from REN (Portugal), has taken over the role of President of our Association for the transitory phase until the next General Assembly, which will be held in Tunis next 20 April 2017 in Tunis.

Mr. Baptista, one of the six Vice-president of Med-TSO, is also the Chairman of the Operational Activities Coordination Committee, the tool that coordinates the Technical committees of Med-TSO. He is fully involved in the Association since the beginning.

Mediterranean Project Status

The Mediterranean Project is now entering in its crucial phase and most of the project activities are in line with the initial planning. The meetings of the Technical committees and Working Groups are even more frequent and incisive. These committees are the operative core through which the deliverables of the Mediterranean Project are achieved, while the deliverables are the outcomes of the work done by the committees on the main tasks defined by the project: Planning, Regulation and Institutions, and International electricity exchanges.

Technical Committee 1 - Planning

The committee, chaired by Carlo Sabelli (Terna), was mainly focused on the implementation of a new Coordinated Planning Methodology and Procedure and, at the end of 2016, it finalized three important documents: the “Survey and Tools for Supporting the harmonized Planning process”, the “Grid Planning Methodology” and the “Procedure for the Mediterranean Master Plan”.

The committee also defined technical specifications of the tender for the realization of a Mediterranean Data Base.

Inside the committee, a task force was set up to work on the elaboration of a HV Grid Map in the Mediterranean Region, which collected data from members. The first draft of the Map was published at the end of October.

The 11th meeting of the Technical Committee 1 “Planning” is scheduled on next 16 March in Madrid.

Working Group “Economical Studies and Scenarios”

The Working Group, chaired by Emmanuel Bué (RTE) and strongly connected with the Technical Committee 1, performed activities regarding market simulation, as well as Project assessment sharing and analysis.

At the end of 2016, the Working Group issued two reports, Scenario Report and Results Report, and it focused on the analysis of the seasonal and daily complementarities within the Euro-Mediterranean Power System, the scheduling of the second round of market simulation and the organization of the data collection.

In January 2017, the Working Group begun the data collection to setup the Market Model for four long-term scenarios: the main evolutions are the integration of the TYNDP2016 data, RES capacity adjustment and the revision of some load growth rates.

This Working Group will continue to work on the adjustment of Scenarios, finalizing the data collection, coordinating its work with TC1 and TC3 and giving priority to provide data for Network Studies; it will complete the activity ‘Proposal of Cost Benefit Analysis Methodology for transmission projects assessment’ with a national/surplus approach of the SEW indicator and a complementary indicator for the benefit of the interconnection in the field of Security of Supply.

The 8th meeting of the Working Group “Economical Studies and Scenarios” is scheduled on next 26 March in Lisbon.

Technical Committee 2 – Regulation and Institutions

This Committee, chaired by Juan Francisco Alonso (REE), worked on the Common Target Regulatory Framework (CTRF): from July to October, a Questionnaire on CTRF was circulated among the members of TC2. These questionnaires were the base for the elaboration of a deliverable, which includes Med-TSO proposal about the common regulatory framework in the Mediterranean region. Finally, 66 technical aspects were included in the proposal of harmonization of the Regulatory framework in the Mediterranean Countries.

These results will be presented at the next Workshop in Madrid, on 15 March (see below), preceded by the 11th meeting of the Technical Committee 2 “Regulation and Institutions”.

Technical Committee 3 – International Electricity Exchanges

The Committee, chaired by Rabah Touileb (SONELGAZ), carried on a preliminary Questionnaire on ancillary services and RES integration which was prepared mainly on the basis of a document about ancillary services in ENTSO-E countries titled “Survey on ancillary services procurement, balancing market design 2014”.

This committee will continue its activities to deliver the analysis of the final answers to the Questionnaire; the 10th meeting of the Technical Committee 3 “International Electricity Exchanges” is scheduled on 29 March in Lisbon.

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