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Power generation: 15,000 megawatts by 2030

PUBLISHED : 17-09-2019 | 14:49

The Minister of Energy, Mohamed Arkab, said yesterday in Jijel that Algeria plans to build power plants to produce 15,000 megawatts of electricity "by 2030" in order to "meet national demand for electricity".

"Algeria recorded a peak in electricity consumption exceeding 15,000 megawatts on August 7 at 2:30 p.m., an increase of 1,500 megawatts compared to the same period of the previous year," the minister noted on the margins of his visit to the wilaya. Mr. Arkab followed the progress of the construction of a power plant (1,400 megawatts) in the Bellara industrial estate in El-Milia (54 km east of Jijel). Noting an 8 eight-month delay in the work, he urged the project managers on site, including the South Korean company Hyundai, to hand over the first phase of the project "in March 2020 and connect it to the national grid". Algeria needs 1,500 megawatts of electricity annually to meet national demand, said the minister, who said that the power plants currently under construction are operating with advanced technologies that save 30% on gas consumption. Previously, the minister inspected several projects in his department, including two 400 and 22 kilowatt transfers in Ouled Yahia Kherdouch commune and an armoured post at the port of Djen-Djen. It also launched the work on a headquarters for Naftal's management.

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