The framework will outline rules for the functioning of the market.

It will include a grid code to address technical issues associated with connecting to the national grid and operating the system. A commercial code will deal with relations between the various players in the market.

The agency is working with local consultants to develop the framework and is receiving technical assistance from the European Commission’s office in Cairo.

The EU’s short-term technical support to the project will expire in June, but will then be replaced by longer-term support for another year. This will include capacity building and training on understanding and operating the new code.

Cairo plans to launch the first phase of the transition to a competitive power market by January 2011 (MEED 11:4:08).