RELIZANE, ALGERIA-- Algerian Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni says Sonelgaz, the State-owned electricity and gas utility has a promising future in the Maghreb and African markets, especially in the export of electricity and investments in renewable energy.
He told a media briefing during an inspection visit to the province of Relizane Thursday that Sonelgaz, which is currently building a solar-powered electrical substation in Sudan and will implement similar projects in Mali and other African countries, is in advanced negotiations for the export of electricity to neighbouring Tunisia and Libya.
In this regard, the minister recalled that Algerian technicians and engineers were also managing electricity generation stations in many regions without foreign assistance.
According to the Minister, the integration rate of the techniques and equipment in these power stations had reached 75 per cent, allowing the Sonelgaz to produce 400 megawatts (MW) of electricity and increase its export potential.
As for meeting domestic electricity requirements, Sonelgaz is able to meet rising domestic electricity needs and to deal with power cuts caused by the record rise in temperature, especially in the country's south, assured Guitouni.
The national electricity consumption hit 13,900 MW out of 16,000 MW produced by Sonelgaz on Wednesday. These figures confirm that the network is stable except for some selective power cuts that did not last long and were quickly resolved, affirmed Guitouni.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK