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Italy to import power from Tunisia

Solar power “’ Tunisia
to supply Italy
Milan, Italy — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 29 October 2010 – Italy will be in a position to import 600 000 megawatt hours (MWh) of power per year from Tunisia starting in 2018, after Tunisia has completed a power generating area and an interconnector.

“The power generating area in Tunisia will produce electricity from conventional and renewable sources,” Italy’s Industry Ministry undersecretary Stefano Saglia said in a note carrying his comments in the Tunisia Solar International Conference.

“The area will have a generating capacity of 1 200 MW, of which 400 MW would be for the Tunisian market and the rest for Italy,” he revealed.

“With the Tunisian solar power programme it will be possible to achieve Italy’s binding 2020 targets under the European directive to fight climate change,” Saglia said.

He went on to say that the interconnector with Italy would have a capacity of 1 000 MW, adding that the tender bid for the underwater cable was close.

Italian national grid operator Terna plans to invest 400 to 500 million Euros (R4.3 to R4.85 billion) on the interconnector to Tunisia.