Renewable Energy: Projects worth $3.5bln proposed by Tunisia to Pollutec (Director)

Projects for the production of electricity from renewable energy are proposed in the framework of public-private partnership (PPP)


Projects for the production of electricity from renewable energy, worth €3 billion (about 10 billion dinars), are proposed by Tunisia in the framework of public-private partnership (PPP), Belhassen Chibboub, Director of the Department of Electricity and Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Industry said in Lyon during Tunisia's day at Pollutec show.

These include producing 4 Gigawatts in renewable energy including 2 / 3 photovoltaic and 1/3 wind, "which means that investment opportunities exist in Tunisia," he said referring to the objectives of the Tunisian participation in Pollutec.

STEG, being a public body, cannot afford such heavy investments, he added in a statement to TAP, noting that the country needs to have recourse to public-private partnership, to be able to achieve these projects.

"We already have 500 megawatts (MG) that are being approved and that have been entrusted to the Norwegian solar developer "Scatec", the French-Moroccan company "Engina" and the Sino-Emirati couple, "TBEA AMEA" for the realisation of photovoltaic power plants in Tatouine, Tozeur, Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa and Kairouan.

Other tenders will be launched shortly for another 600 megawatts "and there we will let the promoters and developers seek their own land and bring their own projects, so that they go to seek a Tunisian partner who knows the land, set up these projects technically and financially and have the best rates for public utility,» he also told TAP.

The country's energy deficit currently reaches 57% and is even close to 60% and in the absence of major discoveries in hydrocarbons or natural gas, Tunisia needs to develop renewable energy to ensure its security of energy supply.

STEG and its international subsidiaries take part in the Pollutec show, alongside several other Tunisian agencies active in the field of sustainable development. They occupy a stand of about 80m2, supervised by the Ministry of the Environment, and Business France.

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