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Tunisia: electricity production down by 1% at end of September 2022

Total electricity production decreased slightly by 1% at the end of September 2022 compared with the same period in 2021, standing at 15,433 GWh (excluding self-generation consumed), according to the monthly report on the energy situation at the end of September 2022, published by the National Observatory of Energy and Mines.

On the other hand, production for the local market has increased by 6%. This is due to the increase in imports and the absence of electricity exports to cover local market demand. Thus, the purchases of electricity from Algeria have covered 11% of local market needs.

The peak has risen by 5% to 4677 MW at the end of September 2022. A new national record was recorded on September 8, 2022 (4677 MW), thus exceeding that of August 2022 (4657 MW), knowing that it is the first time that an annual peak is recorded during the month of September.

STEG still retains the lion’s share of electricity production with 95% of national production at the end of September 2022. The electricity produced from natural gas has decreased by 1%. The production of electricity from renewable energy sources was 1.8% (taking into account the production of power plants only).

Electricity sales have risen by 6% between the end of September 2022 and the end of September 2021. Sales to high-voltage customers fell by 5%, while sales to medium-voltage customers went up by 6%.

Industrial customers remain the largest consumers of electricity, accounting for 59% of total HV and MV customer demand at the end of September 2022. The majority of sectors saw an increase in sales, mainly tourism (+54%), textile and clothing industries (+9%), paper and publishing (+6%), against a decline in sales of food and tobacco industries (5%), construction materials industries (4%), as well as mining and quarrying industries (-1%).

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