Tunisia: preliminary accords for electricity from renewables

Projects for building 16 plants in two years

18 June, 18:47

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 18 - Sixteen investors in the renewable energy sector have obtained from the Tunisian government the concession of preliminary accords to carry out projects for the production of energy from renewable sources in the country, said the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Renewable Energies.

    The projects regard the building of six plants of 10 megawatts and 10 of one megawatt, for a total cost of 150 million dinars, with production to commence in two years.

    The sixteen plants will be installed in various regions in central and southern Tunisia, including Djerba, Médenine, and Gabes, and will allow for the creation of more than 150 direct jobs, said the ministry's director general of electricity and renewable energy, Belhassan Chiboub.

    The plants will eliminate the consumption of about 30 kilotonnes of oil equivalent (KTOE) and imported natural gas, Chitoub said during the public announcement of the concession of the accords to the investors.

    The proposed rate for the projects with a production capacity of 10 megawatts varies between 125 and 130 thousand ths per kilowatt hour (kWh), which will allow for savings of 10 MD/year, regarding fuel expenses of the Tunisian Electric and Gas Company (STEG).

    The chosen investors have 15 days in which to sign contracts with STEG related to the exclusive sale of energy.

    Over 90% of the projects are by Tunisians or part of partnerships between Tunisians and foreign investors, while three projects will be carried out by foreign investors.

    The process of assigning preliminary accords to carry out projects for generating solar energy began in 2018 with 10 projects, but only one project has thus far gone into operation, the one called 'Sir'.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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