Discussions between Sonelgaz, Libyan GECOL to export electricity to Libya

APS : Tuesday, 21 November 2017
ALGIERS- Sonelgaz group and General Electricity Company of Libya GECOL started discussions to implement mechanisms to export electrical energy and other services from Algeria to Libya,
Sonelgaz CEO Mohamed Arkab told APS ON Tuesday.
“We have an excess of national production in electrical energy, notably in winter. In this period, our Libyan brothers need this energy. We are studying the possibilities of a high-voltage electrical connection between Algeria and Libya through Tunisia to export our energy and offer our services through these cables,” said Arkab on the sidelines of a meeting which brought together the officials of these two companies.
Underlining that the visit of the Libyan delegation to Algeria comes following a request from Sonelgaz, Arkab said that it about relaunching a study that started in 2010 by the two countries, but which was delayed because of the political upheavals in Libya since 2011.
“Several projects are frozen in Libya, others haven’t yet taken off. So, we want to be the first to be present in the Libyan market,” he underlined.
Pointing out that Sonelgaz has managed to construct, by national means, power plants, power lines, power substations, gas pipelines for gas supply, as well as the manufacturing of some equipment in Algeria, the same official affirmed that with the acquired abilities, “it is time to start the operations of exporting services, studies and equipment manufactured in Algeria.”

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