Energy cooperation and power interconnections have been a long-discussed topic in North-East Asia with the presence of some of the largest producers and consumers of energy in the region, representing the potential for a regional power grid that could benefit all countries through power trade.
Capacity development of various stakeholders to support and prepare for future regional power interconnection is a major prerequisite for developing a level of common understanding and norm setting. To ensure that the capacity development is demand-driven and not redundant, and to address the potential differences in existing capacities among various stakeholders, the proposed project will perform a diagnostic assessment of capacity needs and gaps among GTI member governments, utilities, regulators and other key stakeholders and design a corresponding capacity building programme in order to support the development of sustainable power interconnections and trade in the region.
A proposal to carry out a capacity building needs assessment for effective power interconnection cooperation in North-East Asia was developed together with the Ministry of Energy, Mongolia and presented at the 9th Energy Board Meeting of the Greater Tumen Initiative held on 8 July 2021. The four member countries of the Energy Board – China, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation expressed interest and approval of the proposal last year.
Against this backdrop, the Inception Workshop is organized with members of the GTI Energy Board to agree on the scope of the needs assessment and identify relevant stakeholders to engage as target groups for capacity development.