KEMA assists Turkish distribution network planning

Published October 13th, 2009 - 03:14 GMT

KEMA (www.kema.com) has been commissioned by the Dutch Agency for International Business and Co-operation (EVD) to assist the Turkish Distribution company (Türkiye Elektrik Daðýtým Anonim Þirketi – TEDAÞ) enhance its network planning methodologies to reflect the requirements placed upon it by the liberalized market environment in which it now operates. The project, which is part of the accession process for Turkey to the European Union, is due to complete in December 2010.

 

KEMA will review and enhance the current network planning methodologies by developing a revised model and standards. KEMA will provide training in the new model and standards, including Training the Trainers to ensure the sustainability of the project results. KEMA also will review the actions of TEDAÞ as a Distribution System Operator and assess its compliance with EU Directives (such as 2003/54/EC and 2005/89/EC) with a view to recommending improvements where necessary.

 

The TEDAÞ network is divided into 21 regional distribution companies which are currently being privatized through a Transfer of Operating Rights (ToR) process. To-date the ToR process has been completed for four of the regions: Kayseri was subject of an earlier transfer process in 1990); Menderes in August 2008; Baþkent in January 2009; and Sakarya in February 2009. In recent years demand for electricity in Turkey has increased at a rate of between 6 percent and 9 percent annually with the most recent published forecasts identifying continued growth. New capacity will be required to meet this demand and there are already a growing number of private generators and significant potential for sustainable hydro, geothermal, wind and solar power.

 

This expansion and the on-going liberalization process has created a need for a more sophisticated distribution network. KEMA will assist in the delivery of a network planning process which will enable TEDAÞ to meet its future challenges. To maximize the benefits to the Turkish electricity sector, the Government (through the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources - MENR), the Regulator (the Energy Market Regulatory Authority – EMRA), the Transmission company (Türkiye Elektrik Ýletim Anonim Þirketi - TEÝAÞ) and the regional distribution companies are participating in the project team. KEMA secured the involvement of the Dutch distribution company Enexis in the project team. Enexis experience of operating in a liberalized market environment will provide valuable insight to TEDAÞ.

 


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