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Tunisia ranked among pioneering countries in energy management

The Tunisian-British Friendship Association held, on Monday in Gammarth, a seminar on “Energy Efficiency,” as part of the celebration of the Energy Month in Tunisia.

Chairing this seminar, Mr. Mohamed Sakhr Matri, President of the Tunisian-British Friendship Association said this event aims essentially to encourage British companies to invest in Tunisia, particularly in energy.

It also seeks to further entrench the culture of energy saving among Tunisians and make the most of incentives set up by the State to encourage the use of renewable energy.
Opening this seminar, Secretary of State in charge of Renewable Energy and Food Industries Abdelaziz Rassaa said Tunisia is ranked among pioneering countries in matters of energy management and announced the launching of the new programme “Prosol” in the electricity sector, after the remarkable results achieved by the “Prosol” thermal programme (solar water-heating).

For his part, Mr. Ben Aissa Ayadi, Director General of the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME) reviewed programmes in place in Tunisia to achieve the energy efficiency targets sought- after. Among these programmes, Mr. Ayadi referred to the development of wind energy for power self-production in high energy-consuming firms to meet part of their electricity needs.

Major institutions involved in this programme are the cement plant of um Klil, of Bizerte, Jbel Ouest and Gabes, the Tunisian- Andalusian white cement company (SOTACIB), the steel company (El Fouledh) and the Gafsa Phosphates Company (CPG), he pointed out.

Taking the floor, representative of Shell Group Andreas Schaefer underlined that the main energy source for the next years will come essentially from fossil fuels. These sources of energy, he said, have several advantages in energy saving and environment protection.

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