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Meeting of the 10th ESRES Joint Steering Committee

On 21 June 2017, the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the ESRES Programme convened their 10th meeting at Ambassador Hotel. The JSC members welcomed the new state Minister of the MoEM who was chairing the meeting on behalf of the Minister. The ESRES PM presented the updates of the ESRES Programme to the JSC. The ESRES PM reported that the implementation of the six Hybrid Mini-grid Pilot Projects is progressing well. The first Project, HECO in Buroa, is operational and the installed solar system has been tested by PURE and HECO whereas the next project, Badhan, will be installed in early July 2017. The other four Pilot Projects are scheduled to be installed in the next six months. The Implementing Partners (IPs) are working on the civil work activities and distribution system. The ESRES Programme results in better and cleaner generation and distribution systems for the IPs. The ESRES PM planned to carryout inspections and commissioning at Project Sites in the coming months. The ESRES PM also presented summary of key findings for the complimentary studies currently undertaken by ESRES PM.  

The ESRES PM presented the progress and the next steps of the Roadmap and TA plan. The approval of the Electrical Energy Bill was highlighted in the meeting to be a key next step. The development of a strategy to develop Energy TVET and the ICT provisions are also progressing. The Ministry of Education and Higher Studies (MoEHS) came into the meeting to discuss on the cooperation between the two Ministries in the Energy TVET strategy Development. HE Abdillahi Habane appreciated the efforts of DFID and the MoEM and pointed out that the MoEHS will assist to provide data and any other support to the development of the energy TVET strategy.

RTL presented the Baseline Study that was conducted at three of the Project sites. RTL reported a summary of key findings. One of the key findings is that high usage appliances are mostly used during the day. Some appliances work less during the peak at night. Another key finding was that businesses use most of their energy during the day, while households use most electricity at night. It is important to look at the increase in demand as well as how to better divide the use demand across the day. 

 

Meeting of the 9th ESRES Joint Steering Committee

On 6 March 2017, the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the ESRES Programme convened for the JSC 9 meeting at Ambassador Hotel. The ESRES PM presented the updates of the ESRES Programme to the JSC. The ESRES PM reported that the six selected Projects had signed supplier contracts and the ESRES PM processed the first payments to four IPs suppliers. The manufacturing of the equipment is ongoing and the first shipments are expected to arrive in Somaliland in late April 2017. The IPs are working on site preparation and civil work activities. The ESRES PM planned to conduct inspections at factory and site levels.

The ESRES PM also presented the progress towards the Roadmap and TA plan for the MoEM. As a result of ESRES and MoEM meetings, the TA Plan has been revised and the TA plan activities for 2017-2018 adopted. The Bill of Somaliland Electrical Energy Act has been approved by the Cabinet and ready to be submitted to the House of Representatives for review and conduct Public Hearing sessions.

RTL provided a summary of their activities since the previous JSC including the Quarterly Progress Report. In the QPR, RTL focused on lessons learned on the Call for Proposal mechanism and contracting mechanism

Celebration of award of six hybrid mini-grids projects

On 8 November 2016, the Energy Security and Resource Efficiency in Somaliland Programme (ESRES) celebrated the award of six DFID-funded hybrid mini-grids projects in Somaliland.

Somaliland has one of the highest costs of electricity in the world and access to affordable, reliable electricity is a significant barrier to growth. ESRES aims to strengthen energy security and access in Somaliland through diversifying Somaliland’s energy sources. ESRES supports the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to develop and implement an appropriate policy and regulatory framework and pilots the development and implementation of hybrid mini-grids.

During the press conference in Hargeisa at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MoEM), the Honourable Minister Hussein Abdi Dualeh stated that the event was the culmination of a long collaborative effort between DFID and MOEM to encourage the use of renewable energy power to ultimately get more affordable, safe, reliable electricity for the people of Somaliland.

Mr Alex Way, DFID Policy & Programme Manager, added that the award of the six projects marks an important point in the Programme.

The six projects will be implemented by Independent Power Providers (IPPS) that were selected following a competitive process. The pilot projects are located throughout Somaliland and are expected to add 3.3 MW of additional capacity. It is project that through this new capacity the IPPs will be able to serve an additional 10,000 new customers with reduced tariffs.

Meeting of the 8th ESRES Joint Steering Committee

On 28 September 2016 the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the ESRES Programme convened for an extraordinary meeting on the ESRES Call for Proposal to apply for support on the development and implementation of hybrid mini-grids – Pilot Phase. During the 7th JSC the JSC had provisionally selected six projects though had requested the ESRES PM to undertake final clarifications and due diligence.

The ESRES PM reported that the clarification process was completed now and all updated applications were available for final review. The JSC praised the ESRES PM for the work completed. Following discussions on the process, technology choice and the role of performance guarantees, the JSC unanimously approved the six projects for ESRES funding. Furthermore, the ESRES PM was requested to finalise the due diligence process and proceed with the signature of the grant agreements with the six selected Implementing Partners.

Meeting of the 7th ESRES Joint Steering Committee

On August 16th-17th 2016 the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the ESRES Programme convened for its 7th session. The meeting was officially opened by HE Hussein A. Dualeh, Minister of Energy and Minerals and attended by representatives from DFID, ESRES Programme Manager and ESRES Real Time Learning.

The ESRES Programme Manager provided an overview of the Full Proposal Development process. In relation to the pilot for development and implementation of hybrid mini-grids, it was reported that the Applicants submitted their Full Proposals. The evaluation committee completed the evaluation and presented the results to the JSC to make decisions. According to selection criteria in CfP Guideline for Applicants, the JSC committee selected six Proposals.

The ESRES Programme Manager will undertake clarification and due diligence negotiation process with the six selected Proposals therefore, based on the outcome of the clarifications and due diligence process, the final selection of the implementing partners will be announced to proceed to next stage of contract negotiations with selected Implementing partners.

RTL also presented HMG development presentation and VfM processes to the JSC. The next JSC will convene in Hargeisa in October 2016.