(Kuala Lumpur, 26 October 2016) Working Group 5, chaired by Malaysia, in collaboration with Japan Electric Power Information Center (JEPIC) organised a-three-day program on ASEAN Power Grid Initiative in Hotel Grand Millennium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 24 – 26 October 2016. With the theme of “System – to – System interconnection and the ASEAN Power Grid Initiative”, the symposium was a media for both sides to exchange knowledge and practice.
In the circumstance of growing demand of electricity, chronic power supply shortage, rapid growth of renewable energies and high necessity of energy security, electric power interchange between regions and/or countries is one of technical topics which should be addressed. Effective and sufficient power interchange will be attained by robust interconnections between systems. In this regard, ASEAN countries are currently tackling with the ASEAN Power Grid Initiative, of which importance has been reaffirmed in the HAPUA Council Joint Statement 2015. In Japan, on the other hand, although there is no interconnecting system with surrounding countries and regions, the system is divided into semi-independent regional systems, almost all of which are mutually interconnected. In order to enhance regional interconnections, the Organization for Cross – regional Coordination of Transmission Operators (“OCCTO”) was established in April 2015.
The symposium was opened by TNB’s General Manager of HR Shared Service Center, Ms. Rohana binti A. Rahman and JEPIC’s Director Division No. 2 Research Department, Mr. Hideo Suzuki. Attended by 44 delegates from TNB, JEPIC, APGCC, EDL, EGAT, EVN, SEB, and SESB, the symposium enabled all delegates to share knowledge on technical and commercial aspects of interconnection system.