Russia to help Algeria with 5-GW renewables plan

Solar power in Algeria Source: russavia on flickr.com (CC BY 2.0) via Wikimedia Commons

September 9 (SeeNews) - Russian companies are considering the possibility of taking part in the construction of more than 5,000 MW of solar and wind parks in Algeria, Russia’s ministry of energy said on Friday.

Energy minister Alexander Novak met with his Algerian counterpart Noureddine Bouterfa today to discuss this and other energy-related topics. Novak said in a statement that the two countries will work on creating a roadmap with a fixed timing for high-priority projects.

As part of a previously-announced programme, Algeria aims to have 22 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2035. This includes about 13,575 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 5,010 MW of wind power capacity.

In February, before becoming energy minister, Bouterfa stated that this programme is "practically an utopia" and that Algeria can realistically add 7 GW of solar thermal and 8 GW of PV capacity over the next 20 years.

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