Youcef Yousfi, Minister of Energy and Mines, announced a government decision to spend DZD 100 bn or EUR 1 bn on the enhancement of renewable energy production in Algeria by 2030.
Regardless of the high costs of renewable energies, the Government has outlined a major program for their development aimed to cover ‘a third of the country’s energy consumption’ by 2030.
In 2013, between 300 and 500 MW of solar energy will be supplied and, during a first experimental stage, each wilaya in the Highlands region will have two solar power plants with a 20 MW capacity each.
The wilayas concerned have been urged to clear the land necessary for these projects which are expected to be commissioned in March next year and enter their operational phase ‘before the Summer of 2014’. Other power plants will be established after the Rouiba solar panel manufacturing facility becomes operational.
Furthermore, the State has made huge efforts in 2012 and 2013 to enhance national power supply by putting into operation more than 6,000 transformers and ensuring additional 2,500 MW over the current year.
As a reminder, the Ministry of Energy and Mines has announced earlier that there is evidence of substantial amounts of oil deposits in the South Constantine region where a drilling operation will be launched soon, namely in the wilaya of Oum El Bouaghi (Bellala Community). In the same context, the Ministry said that offshore exploration in Algeria as a country with a great potential in this field will start next year.
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