The meeting of the Administrative Committee of the International Council of Southeast European Countries SEERC-CIGRE was held on July 8-9, 2019 in Tbilisi (Georgia). The work began with introducing of technical experts to the leadership of the Georgian State Electrosystem (GSE) and viewing presentations about the current state of the Georgian energy system today and development prospects in the future.
The SEERC meeting discussed the current and planned activities of the CIGRE committee, including the selection of experts for technical working groups from each country, the organization of a future conference, the final version of the regional questionnaire etc. The main directions of the meeting were integration of distributed and renewable energy sources, increased energy consumption and methods of balancing them. Next meeting of the Technical Committee SEERC will be held on October 23-26, 2019 in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) with the consideration of long-term plans for the development of regional energy systems until 2040-2050.
One of the main issues on the agenda was to introduce the rehabilitation program for high-voltage substations and works of direct current links (DC link) at the border of the Georgian and Turkish energy systems to participants of SEERC. Accordingly, it was planned to visit the substation 500/400/220 kV in the city of Akhaltsikhe. The installation of DC links is part of a large-scale project to create a Black Sea Transmission Network Project (BSTN), one of the largest infrastructure projects in Georgia.
The Administrative Committee of the International Council of Southeast European Countries SEERC-CIGRE was attended by Yuriy Bondarenko – Vice President of the Ukrainian National Committee CIGRE and Vitaliy Anikeev – an expert member of CIGRE.