Kema will provide support in developing the technical specifications for the tools and software needed to upgrade the control centre.

The planned upgrade is part of the country’s wider plans to move towards a liberalised electricity market.

In June, the authority introduced a grid access tariff that will be paid by electricity producers using the transmission network.

Ultra-high-voltage users will pay £E0.019 ($0.0035) a kWh, while high-voltage users will pay £E0.047 a kWh. Producers connected to the network at medium voltage will pay £E0.057 a kWh.

Low-voltage users will not join the competitive market in the first phase.