Algeria’s Peak Power Demand Soars, New Capacity Starting Up

Algeria’s 2015 peak power demand was almost 1.5GW up on 2014. Algiers has an ambitious program to expand capacity. But, amid growing fuel shortages and a cash crunch, curbing subsidies is a better bet.

Algeria’s Electricity Ministry says that the country’s electricity demand reached a new peak of 12.41GW on 5 August, up 13.5% on the previous record of 10.93GW set in August 2014.

After summer 2012 blackouts caused widespread protests, the ministry and state generator Sonelgaz have looked to rapidly hike capacity, not only for generation but also for transmission. By the end of 2014 nameplate generating capacity had reached 15.19GW, according to MEES estimates.


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