SÃO TOMÉ E PRÍNCIPE, STRENGTHENING THE ELECTRICITY SECTOR REGULATOR

SÃO TOMÉ E PRÍNCIPE, STRENGTHENING THE ELECTRICITY SECTOR REGULATOR

São Tomé e Príncipe, October 23 -27, 2023

After being awarded the Implementation of Dona Eugénia and Bombaim Hydropower Projects, São Tomé e Príncipe again relies on Gesto as part of a consortium with MRC Group to develop the Strengthening the Institutional Capacities of the General Regulation Authority (AGER).

The main objective of this project is to strengthen AGER capacities to enable it to face the electricity sector challenges, namely to boost the legal, techical, economic and financial regulation of the market. The new organization of the Electrical Sector, with AGER in a regulatory role, will imply that AGER moves forward with the implementation, in the short term, of a certain number of activities foreseen in its Strategic Plan, which will imply a greater workload during the first years as a result of this activity.

The strengthening of AGER´s capacities will, therefore, involve a one-time contribution of qualified human resources that will increase the work capacity of the teams and provide the knowledge and expertise necessary to start the electrical regulation activity, as well as appropriate tools and work methods, in order to support and train AGER’s teams over a two –year period.

Between the 23rd  and 27th  of October, Gesto team developed a ttechnical component mission with a strong field component, with practical activities. Overall, the main objectives of the Mission included 5 major components: i) Introduction to the themes of Electricity Sector Regulation, with special focus on technical regulation issues; ii) Service Quality Assessment & Measurement, with special focus on current constraints and indicator calculation tools; iii) Development of practical field visits to Electricity Sector infrastructures, including dispatch center (scope of service quality indicators), and energy sector technical and electrical equipment (Power Plants, Substations and Cutting Stations); iv) Broad discussion of proposed revisions to the Regulations (Self-Consumption and Grid Access Code); and finally v) The importance of Asset Management and access to sector information within the scope of effective regulation.

In addition to the thematic objectives, the aim was for this Mission to involve broad participation on the part of AGER, in particular the team from the Department of Electricity Affairs, but there was content specifically designed for broad participation, so other entities from the Electricity Sector were invited to participate, namely EMAE and DGRNE.

AGER teams accompanied by Gesto’s team perform asset inspection to EMAE’s infrastructure
AGER teams accompanied by Gesto’s team perform asset inspection to EMAE’s infrastructure
Gesto’s and AGER’s teams received by EMAE at the Dispatch Center
Gesto’s and AGER’s teams received by EMAE at the Dispatch Center