ORAN, ALGERIA, Algeria seeks to achieve a generating capacity of 25,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity by 2025, including 2,000 MW from solar energy facilities, says Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni.

In a statement to the media during his inspection visit to the construction site of a gas-fired power plant in the sub-prefecture of Boutlelis here Monday, he added that Algeria would be able to export excess electric power once domestic needs are met, adding that electricity exports would go first to neighbouring Tunisia and Libya.

With regard to domestic electricity consumption, Guitouni said it hitt a peak of 15,000 MW in July, while during the rest of the year it does not exceed 8,000 MW.

As for progress on the Boutlelis power plant, the minister said the project has reached 65 per cent completion, from 33 per cent in December.

The first phase of the project is expected to be commissioned in July and will produce 446 MW of electricity, which will be supplied to Oran and neighbouring provinces, while the second phase, capable of generating another 223 MW, is expected to be commissioned by the end of September, he said.

The minister added that the project is part of the President’s programme to build power plants with a total production capacity of 8,000 MW of electricity.

Source: Nam News Network

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