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Tunisia has awarded 120MW of wind projects worth TD400mn ($135mn) to four European firms (see table). This brings to 204MW the capacity of projects awarded since Tunis launched its ‘renewables action plan’ in 2016.
Tunis will need nothing short of a miracle to achieve its target of increasing renewable capacity to 1GW by 2020 – a target repeated last week by prime minister Youssef Chahed. Current renewables capacity is 302MW (6% of total installed capacity): 240MW of wind and 62 MW of hydro. The rest is mainly inefficient gas and steam turbines ( MEES, 21 December 2018 ).
Dwindling domestic gas output has left the country increasingly reliant on imports of gas from neighboring Algeria. The country’s net energy import bill hit a record $2.35bn (TD6.81bn) for 2018. (CONTINUED - 346 WORDS)
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