Though the distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO, encouraged by the energy ministry, appears to have decided to move ahead with plans for an expansion of its medium-voltage network, the decision is not being implemented as a result of disagreements, within the company’s ranks, on the plan.
According to sources, rival factions have been formed at the operator over the project, holding it back. Officially, the operator’s regional services, which have completed all required preliminary work, have yet to be given the green light.
Clarity on the network expansion plan is crucial for certain investors, especially solar energy investors, facing a March 22 deadline set by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, for a forthcoming RES auction in May.
The energy ministry has been informed of the deadlock at the operator and is expected to intervene to settle the dispute.