ALGERIAN UTILITY TO LAUNCH 4,000-MW NATIONWIDE RENEWEABLE POWER PROGRAMME

MOSTAGANEM, ALGERIA -- Algeria's Sonelgaz Group, the State-owned utility in charge of electricity and natural gas distribution, is to implement a nationwide programe aimed at producing 4,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity from renewable energies, principally solar and wind.

Its Chief Executive Officer of Sonelgaz Group Mustapha Guitouni, said i this western Algerian city Sunday that the Ministry of Energy was developing the specifications of this project and the document would be finalized by the end of December or early 2017.

He underlined that 400 MW of electricity were currently being generated nationwide through renewable sources.

He also disclosed that the Sonelgaz Group currently had outstanding debts owed by its customers -- indiividuals, companies and local authorities -- amounting to 60 billion dinars (about 546 million US dollars) and the utility was making efforts to recover the amount through rescheduling the repayments.

He also said that Sonelgaz currently did not plan any increase in electricity tariffs.

Source: Nam News Network