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Med-TSO takes major steps in Mediterranean Project 2 by establishing the technical rules for a shared Electricity Market

Med-TSO takes major steps in Mediterranean Project 2 by establishing the technical rules for a shared Electricity Market
20/07/2020

Following the trajectory set forth in Mediterranean Project 2 (MP2), Med-TSO delivered the latest chapter of the shared technical rules defined for developing and operating power systems. The deliverable “Connection Procedure Proposal” not only establishes the perimeter of network codes to be followed across the region but also upholds the regulations for efficient system service management and institutes a common process for the connection procedure.

Designed by the Med-TSO Technical Committee “Regulation and Institutions”, the overall objective of the deliverable is to develop a common proposal for connecting generation facilities to the transmission grid. Although non-binding, these procedures aim at serving as guidelines to align TSOs across the Mediterranean Region.

With this deliverable, the organization has taken a key step towards opening ‘Electricity Markets’ by providing all generators with congruent rules and procedures for connecting to the grid operated by the TSOs.

The proposal includes detailed provisions covering all the main issues to be considered in the connection procedure, including basic approaches for generation expansion (top-down, bottom-up, and a ‘mixed’ approach), studies performed by TSO with the criteria used to evaluate spare capacity within in the transmission grid, and economic aspects dealing with the connection cost. The report includes also the technical procedure to be followed for connection, as well as the relevant information on the administrative procedure.
The report is directly connected with the other deliverable “Study of potential candidates and proposal of pilot project” Both should enable Med-TSO to achieve two of the main MP2 expected results: the establishment of a complete set of rules for progressing in the harmonization of the technical regulatory framework and the launch of pilot projects for a fast track implementation in subregions of the Mediterranean basin (“zonal approach”).

The completion of both deliverables marks a major headway in Med-TSO’s overall goal of harmonizing electrical systems across the region.

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Med-TSO defines potential candidate pilot zones under the Mediterranean Project 2

Med-TSO defines potential candidate pilot zones under the Mediterranean Project 2
17/07/2020

Med-TSO moves forward to the next step in the Mediterranean Project 2 (MP2), releasing a new deliverable called Candidates for Pilot Projects, finalized by the Technical Committee “Regulation and Institutions”, chaired by Mr. Juan Manuel Rodriguez (REE, Spain).
Having already achieved a complete set of rules for progressing in harmonising the regulation of power systems in the Mediterranean region, this committee intends, with this activity, to contribute to the proposal of a fast track implementation of the project through a “zonal approach.”
With a focus on the execution of this sub-regional method, the activity proposes a practical application of harmonisation for a subset of technical rules in priority sub-regions that have the potential for faster integration.
The main objective of the deliverable just released is to define the Pilot Project scope, which will subsequently be followed by a second step, aiming to define the structure and the development of activities within the related project.
Med-TSO members defined an initial list of significant and potential locations for Pilot Projects. For this initial scouting, the committee followed a two-dimensional geographical and regulatory-based analysis with a participative approach among TSO members, in which the real existence of interconnections between countries is necessary within the proposed zones.
Primarily, four zones, or sets of power systems within the Med-TSO perimeter, were considered as potential candidates to be analysed for the practical implementation of a harmonised initiative. However, taking into account the technical and practical aspects, as well as the short-term vision for project implementation, the Maghreb area of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia turned out to be the ideal first pilot zone.
Nevertheless, depending on the results of the power system integration, future work may incorporate Libya and even interconnections with European countries.
The deliverable issued by this Technical Committee goes on to fully describe the selected area in detail, including information such as the documented partnership among the three countries, features of their electricity systems, etc. It also takes into account common regulatory issues based on a mini-survey distributed among members of TSO.
Once the Maghreb TSOs have harmonised the prime concerns defined in MP2, the association as a whole can move forward in selecting the priority project of the final phase to be realised in this Pilot Zone. The identification of the Pilot Zone under this activity marks a significant step towards achieving the goals of the harmonisation of electrical systems across the region.

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Closing remarks from President Harrabi after a successful term leading Med-TSO

Mr Moncef Harrabi during the Video-conference

Closing remarks from President Harrabi after a successful term leading Med-TSO
09/07/2020

At the General Assembly meeting on July 1, Mr Moncef Harrabi welcomed members with a speech concluding his three-year term as President of Med-TSO.

After expressing his gratitude to the Association and the 21 TSOs members, he remarked on the balance achieved over the course of his term, highlighting how the Association has reinforced its position in the Mediterranean thanks to the efforts of the Members and the increase in activities. In particular, he mentioned the undertaking of the two Mediterranean Projects, both of which implement procedures for coordinated planning within a frame of harmonised Technical Rules, and the laying of the foundations for the future integration of the Mediterranean region.

He also underlined that, despite the unprecedented circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association has advanced in line with the scheduled work programme. Throughout this turbulent time, Members have demonstrated their abilities to support each other, while promoting their common objectives. He also confirmed, on behalf of Mr. Ammar, new President and Director General, the strong support of STEG, Tunisia, for Med-TSO and its activities.

Finally, Mr. Harrabi thanked the Secretary General and all the staff of the Secretariat for the continuous help in coordination and support, wishing to the new President of Med-TSO, Mr. Chaher Boulakhras from Sonelgaz (Algeria), all the best in assuming his challenging task, and in efficiently fulfilling Med-TSO’s main goal to harmonise and integrate the power system across the region.


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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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