Algiers, Algeria — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 26 January 2011 – Algeria’s state-run power utility is planning to spend at least 8 billion Euros (US$10.9 billion) on the construction of 10 power plants by 2018, the official Algerian APS news agency reports.
“By 2015, three of the 10 power plants are expected to add 5 200MW to the oil- and gas-exporting nation’s installed power capacity, which currently stands at 10 900MW,” APS said, quoting top Sonelgaz executive Abdelali Badache.
Badache did not give details on the power generation capacity from the remaining plants, but said a tender had been launched for the addition of 2 800MW through the upgrade of existing units over the period 2013-2015.
No details were given on the fuel the new plants would be using.
Of 10 900MW in installed capacity, Algeria used 7745MW on Sunday, which Badache described as a peak for demand in the middle of a winter cold spell in the country.
Reuters rep[orts that some southern Mediterranean countries such as Algeria hope to be key suppliers of electricity to European countries.