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The new Med-TSO President elected at the General Assembly meeting on July 1st

The new Med-TSO President elected at the General Assembly meeting on July 1st
02/07/2020

On July 1, 2020, the General Assembly of Med-TSO convened with the main focus of electing the new President of the organization. The meeting was held in videoconference, after some postponement due to the COVID-19, which caused President Harrabi to continue to act as President beyond the expiration of his three-year term.

Unanimously, the General Assembly elected Mr. Chaher Boulakhras, current Chairman and CEO of Sonelgaz (Algeria), to the position of President of Med-TSO for a term of three years.

With more than 20 years of experience in Sonelgaz, Mr. Boulakhras is well versed in the work of Med-TSO and has a multidisciplinary and transversal vision for the sector. His competence will guide his work of presiding over Med-TSO activities, while facing new challenges and improving service quality.

On his candidacy for the position, Mr. Boulakhras stated, “Med-TSO must work to become a professional and strategic organization for all issues dealing with the Mediterranean electrical system, a competent proactive guide to which all the European institutions and Mediterranean actors for networks could refer. The long-term vision of this association, as I see it, is to promote the integration of the Mediterranean electric and energy system in an effective or efficient way.”

The results of the vote took immediate effect, with Mr. Boulakhras promptly assuming his new role as President to drive the association towards its future goals. The remainder of the meeting included the report from the Executive Board and the approval of the Financial Statements 2019.

With its new President in office, Med-TSO will continue forward with the actions of this year, working towards its main goal of fostering the development of an integrated, secure and sustainable regional electricity transmission grid.





Med-TSO releases a report on the key performance indicators of the regional electricity system

Med-TSO releases a report on the key performance indicators of the regional electricity system
20/05/2020

Following the program of the Mediterranean Project 2, Med-TSO has released a report on the key performance indicators (KPIs) of the regional electricity system. This work has been carried out by Technical Committee “International Electricity Exchanges”, chaired by Mr. Aziz Ameyoud (OS-Algeria), who explained the activities of the committee in this video interview.

KPIs are usually defined to “measure” how efficient and secure the operation of a power system is, while giving useful information on the provided quality of electrical supply. Based on KPIs, System Operators and interested stakeholders are able to assess power system performances, and improve, if necessary, the reliability of their grids.

The report shows the Key Performance Indicators currently adopted at a national level in Med-TSO countries and how they are applied to assess the technical and economic performance of the power system. The aim of this activity is to progress by sharing data and information between Med-TSO members on the harmonization process across the Mediterranean region.

The identified KPIs are organized into two sections: Transmission System Performance Indicators and Transmission System Availability Indicators.

  • The first subset, Transmission System Performance Indicators, includes a selection of parameters that TSOs normally use for measuring their performances, related to transmission lines or transformers availability, service continuity and voltage profile.
  • The second class of KPIs, Transmission System Availability Indicators, is used to measure the availability of a transmission system by the number of outages and their durations on the High Voltage transmission grid. Availability Indicators are measured in terms of planned or forced outages and according to their duration (transient, short or long outages).

Through the definition of these KPIs, Med-TSO Members are sharing common criteria for measuring performances and availability of their power systems across the Mediterranean region.

Another important piece in the process of building common practices and views for the effective interoperability of the Mediterranean Power System will be achieved with the next release, again in the framework of the Mediterranean Project 2, of a common Web-Platform where Med-TSO members can gather data on cross-border interconnections and share information on the behavior of their power systems. This platform is designed to:
  • collect data related to system performances, also in terms of frequency control;
  • Report on operational procedures adopted in emergency conditions for preventing or limiting the effects of critical security issues.

Furthermore, the implementation of the Web Platform will allow to define and oversee the implementation of regional Key Performance Indicators.

Power System Operation is a complex activity, where TSOs are fully engaged and perform their responsibility. Therefore, coordination in this area is critical and implies the need to exchange data significant for the security of cross-border operation on a regular basis. To this aim, Med-TSO is working to build the necessary mutual trust and common views and achieve, hopefully in the near future, the full interoperability of the Mediterranean Power System.

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Energy Infrastructures for Italy and the Mediterranean: Med-TSO contribution to a study realized by Confindustria Energia

Energy Infrastructures for Italy and the Mediterranean: Med-TSO contribution to a study realized by Confindustria Energia
05/05/2020

During the past months, Med-TSO contributed to draft the study Energy Infrastructures for Italy and the Mediterranean, developed by Confindustria Energia (Italian Energy Industry Association) in cooperation with various stakeholders in the energy sector and published at the end of April.

The research analyses the trend and investment programs in Italy between 2018 and 2030 in primary energy infrastructures and the potential of the Italian system for the development of energy projects in the context of enhanced cooperation in the Mediterranean region. The assessments shown in the study were carried out between October 2019 and March 2020, when Italy began its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, whose consequences on the energy sector are premature to evaluate and which will be integrated as soon as the health and economic situation will have stabilized.
The indications provided represent an objective reference for the next decade, while keeping in mind the possible slowdowns in the implementation of some projects in the short term.

Med-TSO's knowledge and experience have contributed, together with the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie (OME) and MedReg, the Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators, to the drafting of chapter 5 "Energy cooperation in the Mediterranean", which provides key elements to stimulate a wider reflection on the importance of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and on the role that Italy can play on the 2030-2040 horizon. The chapter is enriched with insights on the main energy infrastructures of the region, as well as some regulatory aspects of the energy market.

Download the full study – Energy Infrastructures for Italy and the Mediterranean

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img Mediterranean Project 2 (in progress, 2018 - 2020)
The Mediterranean Project 1 is a first step in the roadmap towards the integration of the regional power systems. After the good results achieved, in the frame of the Mediterranean Project 1, Med-TSO intends to continue, consolidate and improve the activities carried out so far with a new project: the Mediterranean Project 2. The European Union supports Med-TSO with a new grant contract to develop the action plan of this new project from 2018 to 2020.
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