ALGERIA, MALI DISCUSS ENERGY CO-OPERATION

ALGIERS, Feb 21 (NNN-APS) — Algerian Energy Minister Noureddine Boutarfa and Mali’s Minister of Energy and Water, Malick AlhousseA�ni, have held talks here on the possibilities of co-operation between the two countries in the energy sector.

During their Monday, in follow-up to the energy co-operation agreement, signed by the Algerian-Malian Joint Committee in November last year in Bamako, the two Ministers discussed ways of putting into effect such co-operation, so Mali can benefit from the Algerian experience.

Boutarfa recalled in a media statement issued after the meeting that Algeria was involved in various activities in Mali’s energy sector. He also highlighted Algeria’s capacity to put its experience and expertise at the disposal of Mali, stressing the geographic similarities between the two countries for the construction and management of photo-voltaic and wind energy power plants, and the development of an electricity distribution network.

Technical teams of the two countries will meet soon to draft a roadmap for the implementation of projects planned under the co-operation agreement.

Alhousseini said the meeting was aimed at identifying concrete mechanisms for the achievement of a vast Malian programme to supply the most remote populations with electricity by 2020. In this regard, he highlighted the importance of co-operation with Algeria to develop power plants in northern Mali.

Among these projects, the Malian minister mentioned the development of 40 megawatts (MW) from hybrid power plants in Gaoua, a 40 MW plant in Timbuktu and project to generate 200 MW in the rest of the country.

Noting that the electricity coverage rate in Mali is only 36 per cent, Alhousseini said the objective was to move from a deficit situation to the status of power exporter, thanks to a better exploitation of the resources available in his country.

Meanwhile, an Algerian private company, Amimer Energie, signed agreements here Monday with a Malian company, Energie du Mali (EDM), to build two power plants, at a cost of 70 million US dollars, in Mali.

The agreements provide for the engineering and construction of two diesel power plants, with a capacity of 20 MW each, in the Malian locality of Kati and Dar Salam.

The signing ceremony was attended by Boutarfa and Malick Alhousseini, and managers of the two contracting parties.

Source: Nam News Network

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