AA / Algiers / Aksil Ouali
The Algerian authorities have decided to effectively launch the energy transition, which has been delayed for several years. The ministry in charge of this sector has just announced the identification of the 11 sites to host the “Solar 1000” project, which includes solar power plants with a total capacity of 1000 megawatts.
Having received, at the headquarters of the ministry, the director general of the company SHAEMS, created on the initiative of his department, the minister Benatou Ziane announced the upcoming launch of international calls for tenders for the construction of solar power plants.
“Within the framework of the mission entrusted to it by the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies, and in accordance with the applicable regulatory texts, the company is responsible for drawing up the national program for renewable energies, in particular the project” SOLAR1000 “, and this by launching the first call for tenders to investors with the aim of achieving photovoltaic solar power plants with a total capacity estimated at 1000 megawatts”, underlined the ministry in a press release, made public Tuesday.
According to the same source, to ensure the progress of the “SOLAR1000” project, the launch of which is scheduled before the end of the current year, and pending the effective start of the company, “a working group dedicated to preparation of tender documents for investors linked to the project, as well as the examination of the external elements associated with this project has been established ”.
“Several preparatory works were carried out, in particular the choice of sites suited to the needs of the construction of the solar power plants of the ” SOLAR1000 ” project (accessibility of sites, connection to electrical networks, etc.). Eleven sites with a total area of 4,250 hectares have been identified, with the active participation of the wilayas (prefectures) concerned: El Bayadh, Ouargla, El Oued, Ghardaïa, El M’Ghair and Béchar (in the south of the country) ”, a pointed out the same release.
According to the same source, the working group also looked into preparing the appropriate financial conditions for this type of project, to make it fundable by investors, with a contribution from the Ministry of Finance.
It also examined, reads the same press release, “the strengthening of national integration, through local content requirements, with the contribution of the Ministry of Industry, as well as the development of specifications for the project. in question “.
The debate on energy transition, let us remember, goes back several years. The first project was to be carried out with the German company Desertec. But, after years of discussions with the German partner, Algeria announced the end of the project. “The Desertec Project is outdated. We must forget it, ”said in August 2020, the former Minister of Energy, Abdelmadjid Attar.
According to him, “the foreign investors within the framework of this project wanted to sell to Algeria the equipment and the technology for the exploitation of renewable energies, in return, they wanted the Algerian gas”.
“This project (Desertec) represents a huge investment for the country. Algeria should look for other simpler and less expensive means to save its energy, in particular, through the investment in small solar power stations of 50 MW in large number instead of the power stations of 1000 MW “, explained the minister. .
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