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Med-TSO launches the first Mediterranean Power Statistics web platform

Med-TSO launches the first Mediterranean Power Statistics web platform
18/11/2020

Med-TSO is glad to announce the launch of the first Mediterranean Power Statistics web platform.

For the first time, all essential data about the performances of the Mediterranean power systems and the interconnections among the 19 countries members of the Association are gathered and available on a public website.

The realization of such a platform faced many challenges, starting, as an example, with the realization of a unique format to collect data from all the TSOs. The first data collection, held in 2020, consisted of 2019 year-end data that will be updated on an annual basis.

The scope of this platform is to enable the various operators in the electricity sector, as well as all the stakeholders, to have quickly access to information never made available before in the Mediterranean energy scene in a single repository.

Entering the platform takes to an interactive map of the Mediterranean countries members of Med-TSO, with graphic representation of the interconnections, through which is possible to visualize the physical energy flows in GWh exchanged by each country and for each interconnection. Moreover, by clicking on the map, it is possible to access tables gathering all data from TSOs, such as net generating capacity, net annual generation, demand, length of the lines, transformers’ capacity and some key performance indicators.

Furthermore, the platform gives the opportunity to consult historical data since 2015 through interactive graphics showing the situation each year, for each countries, also offering the possibility to select and switch from an energy source to another.

This very complex deliverable has been developed in the frame of the work of the Technical Committee International Electricity Exchange, chaired by Aziz Ameyoud (PDG of OS- Sonelgaz, Algeria) for Med-TSO’s Mediterranean Project 2, in collaboration with the Secretariat staff and web developer consultants, involving up to 38 people for about 1000 hours of work.

This important feature represents a concrete and important step towards Med-TSO vision to become a professional and strategic reference body for every technical, market and policy issue related to the Mediterranean electricity system.

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Med-TSO held the webinar “Mediterranean Grid Code and its application to the Maghreb Pilot Project”

Med-TSO held the webinar “Mediterranean Grid Code and its application to the Maghreb Pilot Project”
12/11/2020

On Wednesday 11 November 2020, Med-TSO held the webinar “Mediterranean Grid Code and its application to the Maghreb Pilot Project”.

The webinar showed the work carried out by Med-TSO in the last Mediterranean Project 1 & 2 for developing a shared set of technical rules and procedures that constitute the building blocks for the elaboration of the Mediterranean Grid Codes Guidelines. Grid codes are the technical and commercial requirements issued by the national authorities for all the grid users (production and consumption units as well as distribution companies with all their users) to connect them to the HV transmission networks and operate as per the standards.

The event was opened by Mohamed Ammar, PDG of STEG-Tunisia and President of COMELEC. In his speech, Ammar highlighted as “no one can succeed alone and the energy sector”, especially regarding the challenges coming from the exhaustion of fossil energy resources and the climate change, and that this was the founding idea of the Comelec, the Maghreb Electricity Committee (Comité Maghrébin de l'Electricité). He also stressed on the need of integration of the Maghreb electricity networks, including the harmonization of the rules for operating and developing the network, aiming to the establishment of an electricity market in the area. He concluded thanking Med-TSO for the interest shown by identifying the Maghreb region as the zone where to apply a pilot project.

After this High-level opening, the moderator Juan Manuel Rodriguez (REE-Spain), Chairman of Med-TSO Technical Committee Regulation and Institutions started the first session of the webinar. This was dedicated to two core aspects of the Mediterranean Grid Code: the common rules for sharing of system services, illustrated by Amer Taghreed Mostafa Kamel (EETC-Egypt), and the common process for the connection procedure, explained by Dimitrios Bechrakis (Ipto-Greece), both from the Technical Committee Regulation and Institutions.

Following a Q&A session, the second part of the webinar was dedicated to the introduction of a proposal of a zonal target regulatory framework in the Maghreb, with the presentation of the pilot Project. In this session, Mohamed Lakhdar Habib (Sonelgaz–Algeria) and Sofiene Ben Hadj Amor (STEG–Tunisia), from the same Med-TSO technical committee, showed the path followed to elaborate a zonal target regulatory framework and to draft the proposal for a Pilot project in the Maghreb region.

At the end of another interesting Q&A session, mostly focused on the current situation of the electricity exchanges from the Maghreb area towards near countries and about the cooperation with the Comelec, Juan Manuel Rodriguez concluded the webinar stressing, one more time, on the need of an effective multilateral cooperation to achieve the important goals of Med-TSO, especially for its new project TEASIMED.

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A comprehensive glimpse into Med-TSO’s latest project, TEASIMED, with Secretary-General Angelo Ferrante

Angelo Ferrante, Secretary General of Med-TSO

A comprehensive glimpse into Med-TSO’s latest project, TEASIMED, with Secretary-General Angelo Ferrante
11/11/2020

With the announcement of the start of the new project “TEASIMED” - Towards the Efficient, Adequate, Sustainable, and Interconnected MEDiterrean power system, Med-TSO asked Secretary-General Angelo Ferrante to give a closer look into the expectations of this latest initiative. Speaking about climate change, knowledge-sharing, and the admirable efforts of the members of the Association despite challenging circumstances, the conversation provided a number of powerful insights into the future of the Association.

Following the success of the first two Mediterranean Projects, which, according to Ferrante, established guidelines, rules, and methodologies for the integration of power systems in the Mediterranean, the TEASIMED project is expected to initiate the implementation of pilot projects and cooperation in the Operation area across the region.

But further than the anticipated activities of the project, the Secretary-General had much to share on the impact of Med-TSO initiatives that will have a lasting influence on the interconnection of the Mediterranean region, particularly in terms of sustainability.

According to him, “The development of interconnections and the progressive integration of national electricity transmission grids is a sine qua non condition for energy transition in the Mediterranean. This objective is pursued in TEASIMED, considering climate and decarbonisation targets defined by our Members, with a view to the EU Green Deal and its implications with third-party countries- as defined in the EU neighbourhood policies.”

In line with this climate consciousness, he also named both RES integration and climate change mitigation as key elements to measure the effectiveness of their actions through this project, inherently making them priorities in the development of Renewable Energy Sources into Mediterranean grids.

Another important measure of the success of the project that Ferrante presented during the conversation is Med-TSO’s focus on knowledge-sharing initiatives.

He stated, “Knowledge-Sharing activities have the two-fold objective of consolidating the existing link between the Mediterranean TSOs, the Association, and the other stakeholders around the region, combining knowledge, work and visibility.

In order to achieve their expected results, he disclosed that, “The TEASIMED action plan includes the development of a digital web-platform to help build Knowledge-Sharing and Capacity programmes with the launch of common training sessions and workshops with the regional stakeholders.”

But it’s not just the TSOs’ ability to exchange information that ignites passion for the project. Ferrante also shared that the future of the project rests in the capable hands of the members of Med-TSO who, despite working through a pandemic, have continued to dedicate their time and hard work to the future of the interconnection of the Mediterranean region.

A voluntary Association such as Med-TSO is based 100% on the willingness of the Members to put it in place. Therefore, no result is possible without the strong commitment of the Members. In these years, our companies have shown a tremendous interest in cooperating together, and the excellent results are evident,” he stated. “Even during the unpredictable and dramatic events of these last months, Med-TSO has shown the capability to entirely fulfil its duties, and this is thanks to the continuous spirit of dedication from the experts and the Secretariat staff.

The heart of the Med-TSO projects has proven to be the hardworking members of the Association to build a more efficient, adequate, sustainable, and interconnected Mediterranean power system - just as the name of the project implies.

Ferrante concluded, “The value and motivation shown by Med-TSO members so far are, no doubt about it, the viaticum for the achievement of our success in the years to come.

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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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