23 September 2008 – Tunisia’s Société Tunisienne de L’Electricité et du Gaz (Steg) is set to build North Africa’s largest wind power project, with some 91 wind turbines worth approximately €200 million and a total capacity of 120MW. The turbines are meant for the Metline and Kchabta wind farms in the Bizerte region of Tunisia.
Steg has reached an agreement with Gamesa, the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer for the supply, operation and maintenance of the wind farm, as well as the provision of a substation and power lines for each facility.
The project could receive financing from the Spanish Development Aid Fund, and will have significant local content as part of the ancillary equipment would be built in Tunisia, and all civil and electrical work will be subcontracted to Tunisian companies. As many as 120 new jobs will be created due to this project.