Posted by: Renewables Now

Tunisia plans to invest TND 4.3 billion (USD 1.8 bn/ EUR 1.5 bn) in renewable energy projects over the next two years, energy minister Khaled Gaddour said.

Overall, the country will invest TND 12 billion in energy projects, spanning both generation and grid upgrades, between 2018 and 2020, in implementation of its national energy strategy,  a government statement said last week.

In renewable energy, the biggest investments are expected in the solar power sector. Two photovoltaic (PV) power plants — Tozeur 1 and Tozeur 2, each with a 10 MW capacity,  are already under construction in the south west Tunisia.

Apart from these, 300 MWp more are under development in Médenine, Kébili, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid and Skhira.

Outside generation, the electrical project pipeline also includes the construction of an underwater power line with a transmission capacity of 600 MW to link the power grid of Tunisia to Italy. The 200 km interconnection is expected to cost over EUR 600 million.

On the regulatory side, Tunisia will work for setting up an electricity sector regulator before the end of 2018.