Workforce developement: interns visit ESRES implementing partners
The ESRES PM received a request from the University of Hargeisa for an internship programme for graduates of the University of Hargeisa. The internship will provide the graduates the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the management and operation of a RE project. In total 9 graduates of the Hargeisa of University were selected for the internship programme. The group was complemented by 2 female students from the University and an intern of the MoEM. The MOEM also assigned a counterpart to the ESRES PM lead, the RE Project Coordinator, to facilitate the internship. The internship programme was launched on 1 November 2017.
The students visited various of the ESRES Implementing Partners to get a better understanding of operations of hybrid mini-grids. Each intern had a log book to record daily progress and did reports for each site that they visited and conducted a pre-test to test their knowledge prior to the internship. The internship programme will be coming to a close by the end of phase 1 on by the 28th February 2018 and a post-test will be conducted to measure the results.
Picture: Director of Energy, Eng Liban Mohamed, meets with ESRES interns.
Meeting of the 11th ESRES Joint Steering Committee
On 13 September 2017, the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) of the ESRES Programme convened their 11th meeting at Conference Hall of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MoEM). The Minister, who chaired the meeting, welcomed Kate Greany (Team Leader Economic Development) and Angus Miller (incoming Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) of ESRES) of DFID to their first JSC. The Minister also thanked Alex Way who departs as SRO of ESERS for his support to the development of the Energy Sector in Somaliland.
The ESRES PM presented the updates of the ESRES Programme to the JSC. The ESRES PM reported that the implementation of the six HyMg Pilot Projects is progressing well. Two Projects, HECO in Burao and Badhan Electrical Company in Badhan, were installed and commissioned, their solar systems are operational. The ESRES PM carried out inspections at Project Sites in the coming months The next step for both Projects is for the ESRES PM to support the HECO and Badhan in improving their distribution systems and addressing the tariff. The other four HyMg Pilot Projects are scheduled to be installed in the next three months. The IPs are working on the civil work activities and distribution system. The ESRES Programme brought that all IPs transformed into better and cleaner generation and distribution systems.
The ESRES PM also presented the progress and the next steps of the road map and TA plan for 2017-2018 adopted. The MoEM noted that the approval of the Electrical Energy Bill is likely to face a delay and might be adopted before November 2017. The Energy TVET strategy is progressing well and the report of the TVET expert is expected to be presented to the Energy TVET SWG in the upcoming month.
The ESRES PM also presented summary of key findings of the Interim Report for the complimentary studies which had been undertaken by ESRES PM. Comments were received from the JSC members, which will be addressed in the Final Report.
RTL presented their key findings in the Quarterly Progress Report (QPR). The QPR included findings on tariffs, DFID recommended to extend this to a deep dive topic in the next quarter.
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.