Tunisia is this month adding 600MW of gas-fired capacity to its aging fleet. This may be enough to avoid outages. But, with renewables plans still in their infancy and domestic gas output falling, more gas-fired power means more imports.
As the summer peak season approaches Tunisia looks ready to roll out the first units of two power plants which are set to add more than 600MW to the country’s 5.3GW installed capacity.
Industry Minister Slim Feriani on 10 June said the new units would start-up in the “coming weeks of June” and would help Tunisia avoid power cuts this summer – something state-utility Steg has been warning about for months.
The $340mn Rades-C 450MW CCGT in Tunis will initially operate with 300MW capacity in open-cycle mode before adding 150MW with the start-up of combined cycle mode in May 2020. The 625MW $240mn Mornaguia...