Algeria has announced a plan to add a further 5600MW to its national grid using solar power plants. The announcement was made by the Minister of Energy during a working visit to Annaba, located in the northeastern part of the country.
Addressing the media, Minister Of Energy, Mohamed Arkab said that “current national expertise is capable of carrying out this project in all its stages, from study to final implementation.”
Algeria has an annual production capacity of 20,000 MW and national consumption of 15,800MW. The government developed plans to generate a new electricity consumption model based on a shift in the use of the country’s energy resources. This would increase industrial consumption to 30% of the energy consumed in the country. The new model will give a high priority to renewable energies.
A solar power plant was installed for the first time in Algeria in 2011. Since then, the country has developed the sector and now has 22 solar power plants that produce electricity. However, Algeria occasionally experiences power cuts, particularly in the Annaba region in the east. This situation is due to the “obsolescence of the distribution networks”, the Minister recalled. To remedy this, “projects in the electricity generation and transmission sector have enabled to bring light to many dark areas”.
This North African country has implemented the National Renewable Energy Development Programme (PNDER) through which it plans to install 22,000 MW, with an investment of $34 billion. The implementation of this programme will enable Algeria to achieve 27% renewable energy in the national energy mix by 2020. This is good news, because it will generate an annual saving of 38 billion m3 of natural gas, which emits greenhouse gases.
Culled from www.aps.dz