PowerChina cuts ribbon on 233-MW PV plant in Algeria

Solar power system in Algeria. Author: Magharebia. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

January 25 (SeeNews) - PowerChina (SHA:601669) has officially inaugurated the 233-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant it was working on in the southwestern parts of Algeria, subsidiary Sinohydro Corp said last week.

The solar complex is located in the province of Adrar. The PowerChina unit is part of a consortium, led by Chinese solar firm Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd, that in late 2013 won contracts to design and build the PV plant.

The project comprises 16 separate solar parks, the first ones of which have already been put on stream. It is both the first utility-scale PV facility hooked to the Algerian grid and PowerChina’s largest solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal executed overseas to date, according to the press release.

The output of the solar farm will help avoid future power shortages in the region. In addition, the solar complex created 300 temporary jobs during its construction phase while 40 permanent jobs will be opened for its operation and maintenance.

PowerChina, also known as Power Construction Corp of China, provides engineering and construction services globally with a focus on renewables, thermal power and power transmission projects.

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