Algeria expands into solar energy with new solar plant

Published March 19th, 2017 - 11:26 GMT
The plant, planned to launch in December 2017, will make it possible to save the equivalent of six million cubic metres of gas per year. (File photo)
The plant, planned to launch in December 2017, will make it possible to save the equivalent of six million cubic metres of gas per year. (File photo)

Algeria's national hydrocarbon group Sonatrach and Italian oil company ENI laid Saturday the foundation stone of a 10-megawatt solar plant project in Bir Rebaa, Ouargla (800-km southeast of Algiers), planned to be operational from December 2017.

The chief executive officer of Sonatrach, Amine Mazouzi, and the ECO of ENI, Claudio Descalzi, laid together the foundation stone of the photovoltaic plan, which is due to meet part of the electricity needs of Bir Rebaa Nord's oil field, run by the symposium Sonatrach-Agip (a subsidiary of ENI).   

The plant, to stretch over an area of 20 hectares adjoining the oil field, will use nearly 32,000 solar panels.

It will make it possible to save the equivalent of six million cubic meters (m3) of gas per year.


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