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Algeria inaugurates first gas-solar plant

Hybrid plant will produce 150MW and help country hit renewable goals

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Algeria inaugurates new solar-gas power plant. (Getty Images)
Algeria inaugurates new solar-gas power plant. (Getty Images)

Algeria has inaugurated its first gas-solar hybrid power facility at a cost of $503m, providing an additional 150 megawatts to the country’s national grid.

30 megawatts of the plant’s output comes from solar energy, reducing the amount of gas used annually by more than seven million cubic metres, and also substantially reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The Hassi R’mel plant has been built in the Tilghemt region, and was financed largely by a consortium of state-owned Algerian banks. Proximity to gas installations and sunshine hours – estimated at 3,000 hour per year – were cited as the main reasons for the site selection.

The inauguration comes soon after the Algerian government adopted a strategy to generate 40 per cent of the country’s production via renewable sources in the next 20 years.
 

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