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A new grant from the European Commission to Med-TSO

President of Med-TSO, M. Harrabi (right) and the Secretary General A. Ferrante (left)

A new grant from the European Commission to Med-TSO

The Directorate-General European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission signed a new two-year grant contract to fund Med-TSO’s Mediterranean Project II.

The project is the natural continuation and extension of the first Mediterranean Project, officially closed last 30 April. These next two years will see the experts coming from the 21 Mediterranean Med-TSO members working on six main tasks: planning and infrastructures; regulation and rules; scenarios adequacy and market studies; grid and markets integrations; operation; training and knowledge sharing.

The President of Med-TSO, Moncef Harrabi (CEO of STEG), claimed: “The three years of the challenging experience of Mediterranean Project have brought us to a second stage: the Mediterranean Project II, an even harder challenge for Med-TSO, because, besides the consolidation of the outcomes of the first project in terms of Planning, Rules, Interconnections, Market Studies and Knowledge Sharing, is going to include the complex activities of the Operation.
With this new project, we continue in the effort to build a power bridge between the two shores of the Mediterranean, as it is the key for the security and the sustainable development of the Mediterranean countries”.

This grant is really important for Med-TSO: once more, we were recognized for the high value of our activities and for the prominent role that our Association is playing - and I hope it will play ever more in the future - in the Mediterranean energy context and beyond. I would like to thank our members for the hard work carried out by the companies and for the continuous support given to Med-TSO and its Secretariat” stated Angelo Ferrante, Secretary General of Med-TSO.

The activities of the Mediterranean Project II have started on 1 June 2018 and the first events already scheduled are a Workshop on Scenarios Building in Istanbul on 27-28 June and two Technical Meetings on 11-12 July in Rome.




Med-TSO reaches 21: HOPS is the new entry

President of Med-TSO, Moncef Harrabi (right) welcoming the CEO of HOPS, Miroslav Mesic (left)

Med-TSO reaches 21: HOPS is the new entry

The Croatian TSO formalized its membership during the General Assembly in Brussels.

The Croatian TSO “HOPS” officially became the 21st member of the Association as the General Assembly, held on 10 April 2018 in Brussels, deliberated on its admission (in the picture, President Harrabi welcoming HOPS CEO Mr. Miroslav Mesic).

With Croatia, the countries interested by the action of Med-TSO are now 19, covering an area of 8.6 million km2 ca, serving more than 500 million of consumers and operating more than 400.000 km of transmission lines.

Let me express my complete satisfaction about the Closing Conference of the Mediterranean Project – said Moncef Harrabi, President of Med-TSO, opening the assembly – from which emerged the recommendations aimed at encouraging energy cooperation among the Mediterranean countries".

The Conference in Brussels, as the President highlighted, "encourages the second step of Mediterranean Project. We will multiply our efforts to realize this new and promising project, tracing the future of our association aiming at the reinforcement of the cooperation among the members”.

The Assembly renewed Angelo Ferrante (TERNA, Italy) as Secretary General and appointed as Vice-presidents: Abdelfattah Al Daradkah (NEPCO, Jordan); Carlo Crea (TERNA, Italia); Ramon Granadino (REE, Spain); Mustafa Izgeç (TEIAS, Turkey); Abdellah Kabiri (ONEE, Morocco); Hervé Laffaye (RTE, France); Abdelhamid Rais (GRTE, Algeria). All these positions were renewed for the next three years.

The President addressed a personal message of thanksgiving to the former Vice-President and Chairperson of the Operational Activities Coordination Committee (OACC), Mr. Victor Baptista (REN, Portugal).

An assembly full of nominations: Mr. Laffaye as new chairperson of the OACC and Mr. Crea as Chairperson of the Strategic Organizational Committee.

Furthermore, during the assembly, the Senior Communication Manager Agnese Cecchini awarded the winner of the first Med-TSO photo contest, Ms. Niki Manthati from ADMIE, Greece. Her picture, “The view of energy”, is the cover page of the final publication of the Mediterranean Project.





How to harmonize and strengthen the electricity market in the Mediterranean Region

Moncef Harrabi Med-TSO/STEG - Angelo Ferrante Med-TSO - Huges Belin journalist - Dominique Ristori DG ENER - Claude Turnes ITRE

How to harmonize and strengthen the electricity market in the Mediterranean Region

The results of 3 years of work of the “Mediterranean Project” at the Med-TSO conference in the European Parliament

Med-TSO, the Association of the Mediterranean Transmission System Operators for electricity, presented the results after 3 years of Mediterranean Project at the European Parliament during the conference: “Towards a future Secure and Sustainable Electricity Infrastructure in the Mediterranean Region”.

The Project has identified and assessed 14 interconnection projects, corresponding to about 18GW of new interconnection capacity, requiring grid reinforcements for about 2,200 Km of new HV lines and 840 km of lines reconductoring. The estimated additional investments count for about 16,000 million euros.

The conference was hosted by the Member of the European Parliament Simona BONAFÈ and with the keynote speechs by: Gilles PARGNEAUX - Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries, José BLANCO LOPEZ – Member of the European Parliament and European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), Michael KOEHLER – Director Neighbourhood South, Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DG NEAR).

146 experts engaged, with 3.22 million euro of budget co-financed by the European Union, the Project started in 2015 and has pursued the main objective to promote the progressive integration of electricity Power system of the two Mediterranean shores, aiming at the progressive harmonization and strengthening of the electricity markets in the Mediterranean Region.

During the event, Med-TSO discussed the results in relation with the stakeholders and looking forward the new challenges. Different actions have been part of this project: the development a Mediterranean electricity master plan and the definition of a map of the transmission grid; the definition of a set of rules as a basis for a regional grid code; the optimization of the International electricity exchanges and the creation of a Mediterranean database.

"We are really proud about these first three years of work" said Angelo Ferrante Secretary General of Med-TSO. "Now we are focused to finalize the Mediterranean Project with the collaboration of EU".


The Project outcomes could be helpful for 500 million of consumers living in the 18 countries of the Med-TSO area.

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img The Mediterranean Project
Security and Socio – economic Development in the Mediterranean strongly depend on energy and on the possibility to develop an integrated regional energy market. Energy infrastructures are key for achieving this goal, especially for what concerns the development of a reliable, secure and sustainable transmission network, capable to interconnect the countries and allow exchange of electricity and integration of new generation sources, in primis from RES.Based on multilateral cooperation as a strategical approach to regional development for facilitating the integration of the Mediterranean Power Systems, Med-TSO has received a three-year lasting grant from the EU Commission (DG NEAR) to carry out the so called “Mediterranean Project” (Feb 2015 – Jan 2018). The Project aims at the progressive harmonization and strengthening of the electricity markets in the Mediterranean region, following a bottom-up approach and direct involvement of Med-TSO Members, through the following activity lines: ...
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