The Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) and the “Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have signed an agreement for the realization of a feasibility study for the installation of five photovoltaic solar power plants with a capacity of 50 MW in Southern Tunisia with a possibility of extension to 300MW. The project budget is € 1, 700,000 dollars (about 3.7 million dinars) and covers the period 2017-2018.
The project “feasibility study of photovoltaic solar power plants of 50 MW in Southern Tunisia” aims, according to a joint statement of STEG and KOICA, to develop the southern region of Tunisia in preparing the ground for the installation of five (5) photovoltaic power plants in the candidate cities of Medenine, Tataouine, Gafsa, Kebili, Djerba and Gabes.
It also provides for training and experience sharing to strengthen the capacity of Tunisian partners in the fields of renewable energy.
The agreement was signed by Yoon Jeehyun, Resident Representative of KOICA office in Tunisia, Ameur Bechir, CEO of STEG and Khalil Kammoun, Director General of Bilateral Cooperation in the Ministry of Development, Investment and International Cooperation.
This is not the first partnership between KOICA and STEG, according to the same source. A previous cooperation within the framework of the project “Feasibility study on electricity demand management and pilot project for the implementation of a cold storage system” has already been launched.
Tunisia has undertaken for several years actions aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change. This initiative is therefore part of the national strategy aimed at achieving sustainable development through renewable energy, especially as consumption of electricity has seen a remarkable growth (around 6% per year). If this trend continues, the installed capacity of electricity production is expected to double by 2030. Renewable energy is considered therefore a key element in the energy strategy of Tunisia.