BLIDA, ALGERIA, Algeria intends to export electric energy to neighbouring countries once it is able to meet domestic demand, says Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni.

“In the first stage, we plan to export electric power in the coming years to Libya (3,000 megawatts) and Tunisia (300 MW),” Guitouni said while inspecting a number of projects in Blida, about 50 km west of Algiers, on Sunday.

The minister said projects relating to the building and strengthening of the electricity transmission system for exportation to the two neighbouring countries were under way.

The decision has been taken after the national coverage of electricity has reached 99 per cent in 2018, from 30 per cent in 2000, the minister added.

Guitouni stressed that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had insisted since he came to power to connect the whole country, including the Deep South, to the electricity and natural gas networks to improve the living conditions of the people.

The minister said Algeria’s electricity generation capacity had increased to 18,000 MW in 2018, from 5,000 MW in 2000, after a number of strategic projects had come into operation.

Source: Nam News Network

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