19 June 2013 – Alteria’s minister of energy and mines, Yousef Yousfi, says the country plans to build its first nuclear power station in 2025. The country has sufficient uranium reserves enough to run two nuclear power plants with a capacity of 1,000 MW each for 60 years, according to the minister. The country also recently established a nuclear engineering institute.
In November 2008, Algeria announced that it is working on building its first nuclear power plant in 2020, and would install one new plant every five years. The country is struggling to keep up with electricity demand and the plans for nuclear power are part of a program to diversify away from fossil fuels.
The country sources some 60% of its electricity from natural gas.