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TC Operation’s Internal workshop "Enhanced TSO coordination for interconnected power systems: Regional Coordination experience"

Speakers of TC Operation’s Internal workshop "Enhanced TSO coordination for interconnected power systems: Regional Coordination experience"

TC Operation’s Internal workshop "Enhanced TSO coordination for interconnected power systems: Regional Coordination experience"
19/10/2021

This morning, Med-TSO’s Technical Committee Operation hosted an online Internal Workshop on Enhanced TSO coordination for interconnected power systems. The session came in accordance with Med-TSO’s objective of fostering dialogue between the different transmission system operators in the Mediterranean area. Likewise, the sessions came through as successful given that the enhancement of coordination in this sector along the southern shore of the Mediterranean and between the two shores, is also one of the objectives of the TEASIMED project.                      

After the introductory words by Secretary General of Med-TSO, Angelo Ferrante, Bakli Bordji (OS,Algeria - Med-TSO) started by presenting the outcomes of the survey “Enhance coordination in the operation of electric systems”.

This section was followed by the discussion on the Regional Coordination experiences with interventions from Jean-Francois Gahungu, CEO of CORESO, and Duško Tubic, Director of SCC, two of the Regional Security Centres currently operating in Europe.

The keynote speakers went over the establishment of CORESO on a voluntary basis, and presented the agreement between the Security Coordination Centre and TEIAS as an example of an effective cooperation to ensure more coordination and operational security to the Power Systems.

Along the Mediterranean region there are several regional initiatives. However, they all have common objectives and provide the same services with one standard/SW/system. In this sense, Vedran Angerbrandt (CORESO) and Jayaram Anandha (TSCNET Services), shared their expertise on how Short-Term Adequacy (STA) and Outage Planning Coordination (OPC) apply these factors.

During both sessions, the speakers and the attendees crowdsourced their knowledge through a dedicated slot for Questions and Answers, where relevant conclusions came from the different contributors. The event came to an end with the concluding words from Simone Biondi, TEASIMED Project Manager.

Taking advantage of other experiences developed in the EU area, i.e. establishment of Regional Coordination Centres developing key services, the Internal Workshop aimed at building a common ground between Med-TSO members for developing effective procedures and guidelines for improving the coordination in the operation of power systems.     

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The Interconnection Project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia

The Interconnection Project between Egypt and Saudi Arabia
12/10/2021

On Tuesday, October 5th, Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed a cooperation agreement to establish the electrical interconnection project started in 2012 between the two countries. The agreement was carried out by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, a long-time member of Med-TSO, and the Saudi Electricity Company. 

From the Egyptian side, Eng. Sabah Mashaly, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) and Vice-President of Med-TSO, signed the contracts under the patronage of Dr. Shaker Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy and Minister Rania Al-Mashat Minister of International Cooperation, along with the contribution of members from EETC also involved in Med-TSO technical activities: Eng. Neveen Saleh, Technical Committee Planning Chairperson, Dr. Bahaa El-Deen Sauodi, Vice-Chairperson of Technical Committee Regulation and Institutions, Eng. Naglaa el–Khatteb, Member of Technical Committee Economic Studies and Scenarios, Dr. Taghred Amer, member of Technical Committee Regulation and Institutions and Eng. Adel El Hariry, member of Technical Committee Operation.

Eng. Sabah Masally, worked hard to achieve the interconnection project, as well as the plans to develop the national network by adding new substations and transmission lines on the different voltage levels and developing the existing infrastructure for the unified national network.

The Egyptian–Saudi electrical project aims to be a main axis in the Arab interconnection, which seeks to establish an infrastructure for electricity trade between Arab countries, in preparation for the establishment of a common electricity market.

The project consists in exchanging 3000 MW with a total cost of $1.8 billion and a 500 kV HVDC technology. The first phase of the project will be carried out in 2023 with a capacity of 1500 MW, noting that the rest of the capacities are scheduled to enter successively until they reach 3000 MW.

It also involves the activity of three consortiums of international and local companies to carry out the construction of three high-voltage substations on 500 kV, the East Madinah Station, the Tabuk Station and Gulf of Aqaba in the Kingdom, and the Badr Station in East Cairo in addition to switching station in Taba, linked by overhead transmission lines 500 kV with a length of about 1,350 meters and marine cables in the Gulf of Aqaba with a distance of 22 km. 

The signing of this agreement comes as the culmination of the depth of the Egyptian and Saudi Arabian relations throughout history. It affirms the leadership of the two countries in achieving the economic and social goals of the Arab world, considering that the project will be the nucleus of a common Arab interconnection. 

The plan represents a strong link between the two most prominent electric networks in the region, and it will bring common benefits for the Arab region. These will significantly enhance the reliability related to sustaining the stability of the national electrical networks, improving their reliability and making the most favourable use of the generation capacities available in them and the timing differences in their peak electrical loads. The contracts open the path for both countries to achieve the ambitious goals by 2030 of attaining renewable energy sources within the optimal mix of electricity production and activating trade exchange. 

 

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Med-TSO Executive Board Meeting June 16th, 2021

Med-TSO Executive Board Meeting June 16th, 2021
16/06/2021

Med-TSO held its Executive Board meeting via online conference on June 16th, 2021,chaired by President Chaher Boulakhras (PDG of Sonelgaz, Algeria).

The President welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of tight cooperation with the stakeholders, in particular with COMELEC (Comité Maghrébin de l’Electricité) and ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity). According to the President of Med-TSO, this is essential to reinforce the dialogue and the formal coordination among the two Associations, which is key for the effective and common development of TEASIMED activities.

The Executive Board meeting was also the occasion to update on the status of TEASIMED project. In this sense, the Board was informed about the project’s implementation by the project manager, Simone Biondi who highlighted how the project is well in motion and complying with the allotted timeline.

The online conference concluded with the restated commitment and support of all participants  to the project and to all the activities needed to strenghten the cooperation with other keen Energy Associations to achieve an integrated, secure and sustainable regional electricity transmission grid.





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