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Algeria launches hybrid power plant   Leave a comment

27/07/2007 : The opening of the world’s first hybrid power station marks Algeria’s full entry into the era of clean energy.

Algeria last week inaugurated the first-of-its-kind gas-solar hybrid power facility. The Hassi R’mel power plant in the Tilghemt region has an overall capacity of 150 MW, including 30MW from solar energy.

The completion of the 350 million-euro project is “an eloquent example of co-operation, a ground-breaking experiment for the whole of the Mediterranean region”, said Spanish Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian, who launched the July 14th ceremony with Algerian Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi.

The plant, carried out by New Energy Algeria(NEAL) and Spanish company Abener, is “a viable model for electricity generation in rural and mountainous areas far away from traditional electricity networks”, he added.

The Spanish minister underlined his country’s desire to become “a strategic partner for Algeria” in the realm of renewable energy.

The site of the facility, 25km north of Hassi R’mel, was chosen due to its proximity to gas installations and the amount of sunshine enjoyed by the region, which is estimated at 3,000 hours per year.

Eighty per cent of the funding was provided by a consortium of Algerian state-owned banks. A team of 70 people, including 65 Algerians and five Spaniards, will be responsible for operating the power station.

In addition to electricity production, the project will benefit the environment by substantially reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving more than 7 million cubic metres of gas annually.

The opening of the new power plant can be seen as the first step in the realisation of Algeria’s innovative energy policy.

The government in February adopted a new strategy, designed to expand the country’s capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources, particularly solar and wind. According to the plan, alternative sources will produce as much as 40% of electricity production in the next twenty years.

As part of this, the government has committed itself to several partnership agreements. In May, Yousfi announced that Algeria was ready to begin long-term co-operation with the Desertec Industrial Initiative, which aims to deliver energy to Europe from solar farms in North Africa and the Middle East.

Siemens, Deutsche Bank and nearly a dozen other European industrial, engineering and finance companies partnered for the 400 billion-euro project. Last December, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to set a joint economic commission to develop the initiative.

Another large-scale project will come to fruition in 2013. The Rouiba factory producing photovoltaic systems and modules will cost about 40 billion dinars (383 million euros), employ 500 workers and have a production capacity of 116 MW per year.



Posted July 27, 2011 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

Pöyry awarded railway site supervision contract in Algeria   Leave a comment


Pöyry’s Urban and Mobility business group has been awarded a site supervision project by Algerian National Agency for Design Studies and Monitoring of Implementation of Investment in Railways (ANESRIF), for the biggest railway project ever realized in Algeria. The work will be carried out in cooperation with Systra. Pöyry’s share as consortium leader is about EUR 14.8 million. The order value has been booked into the second quarter 2011 order stock. Project is expected to be completed in April 2015.

The railway track to be constructed between the stations Thenia and Bordj Bou Arréridj on the line Algiers-Constantine is one of the key projects to develop the national infrastructure capacities in Algeria. The double railway track of 175 km includes more than 20 km of tunnels as well as several bridges and viaducts also totalling more than 20 km. Pöyry’s services in the project will cover approval of design and site supervision.

Pöyry has previous experience in Algerian rail projects and is currently working in various rail projects worldwide. The assignments include for instance supervision of rail projects in China, Spain and Finland, rail design projects in Poland, Germany and Romania as well as metro projects in Brazil, Peru and Finland.


Pöyry is a global consulting and engineering company dedicated to balanced sustainability and responsible business. With quality and integrity at our core, we deliver best-in-class management consulting, total solutions, and design and supervision. Our in-depth expertise extends to the fields of energy, industry, urban & mobility and water & environment. Pöyry has 7,000 experts and a local office network in about 50 countries. Pöyry’s net sales in 2010 were EUR 682 million and the company’s shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. (Pöyry PLC: POY1V).

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Posted July 21, 2011 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

Sonelgaz To Invest €250 Million To Produce Silicium, Yousfi   Leave a comment

Minister of Energy and Mines, Youcef Yousfi, said on Sunday that the government is ready to launch the first workshops of exploring Silicium, which is to be destined for producing solar poles.



At the sidelines of the national fair on subcontracting for generating solar and wind energies, Mr Yousfi specified to reporters that Silicium is an essential substance in the production of voltage panels, adding that the local gas and electricity distributor company Sonelgaz is set to invest 250 million Euros to start producing Silicon as by 2013.

On another side, Mr Yousfi indicated that Algeria tends to set up a project going until 2030 and aiming at generating 40 percent of local electricity needs.

He said foreign investors have already expressed interest in the project, and the government is due to launch it in accordance with a book of specifications, that stipulates producing the project’s features locally, guaranteeing a foreign financing to the project and finding foreign markets to export the generated electricity.

As for international Desertec project, Mr Yousfi said Algeria has its own programme of generating clean energies, and yet ready to discuss any partnership in that area.

He added that the North African nation aims through the national programme at developing renewable energies to generate 12 Megawatts power.

Source : Echouroukonline

Posted July 11, 2011 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

Algeria Energy: Photovoltaics for isolated villages   Leave a comment

Photovoltaic energy in Algeria – The area of ​​territory and remoteness of some villages of any communication network led the government to consider specific solutions to provide energy and especially electricity to the citizens who live in remote villages, particularly in the Deep South.

To enable people living in isolated villages in the south of the country, access to energy, including electricity, the government entrusted the company to provide public Sonelgaz twenty villages of solar equipment.

It was in 1998. These villages are isolated and far from any communication network may have, thanks to photovoltaic solar energy available. Photovoltaic solar energy is expected to contribute further to provide energy to isolated and remote areas of communication networks in the national renewable energy from 2011 to 2030. For rural electrification, solar power with wind power is an irreplaceable means. In addition, this method has the advantage of producing clean energy.

The solar electrification in 18 villages in the Southern Ocean has affected 1000 households in the provinces of Tindouf with three common, with two Adrar, Illizi with one and with four common Tamanrasset. An operation that began in 1998, and whose financing was carried out on state grants. The power of these villages by conventional means, such as diesel or conventional electrical grids, would have resulted in excessive costs and would have posed the problem of fuel transportation.

In addition, the low density of the territory would have meant a huge cost for energy produced in addition to the difficulty in carrying out the work or maintenance. People’s needs are primarily oriented towards the light, refrigeration, water pumping, fan, television and radio. A new program will affect other remote villages. This time the village will feature individual sets of 1 kW to 1.5 kW per household. Villages of the Deep South and Central Highlands are involved in the wilaya of Illizi, Tamanrasset, M’sila, El Oued, Ghardaia, Batna, Tebessa, Tlemcen, Saida, Sidi Bel Abbes, El Bayadh, Tissemsilt and Naam.

source: Elwatan (Lies Sahar)

Posted July 10, 2011 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

Technology parks in Algeria: Oran, Sétif, Annaba Ouargla and wait for their parks   Leave a comment

Cyberpark in Algeria – According to the provisional plan for 2015, the roadmap of technology parks is traced, according to a futuristic vision and the needs of the policy of ICT development in Algeria.
These mega-projects will therefore be a catalyst for innovation, but also a driving force of economic development, centered in the heart of one Cyberpark, which is that of Sidi Abdallah, who will be the cluster containing the center of the ICT ecosystem Algeria, reinforced by regional parks, whose contribution will focus on capacity-based industrial clusters in the regions of Constantine, Ouargla, Ghardaia, Sétif, Annaba and Oran.

For the latter, it should be noted that a plate of 11 ha in Bir El Djir, was released by the authorities of the wilaya of Oran, to carry out the techno-park. As for the technology park of Sidi Amar, Annaba, the realization of the project undertaken in the 2010/2014 year plan, since the approval of master plan by local authorities, the realization has grown up a gear with the signing a convention, December 13, 2009, the Ministry of Finance in the amount of MDA 200, relative to studies of techno-park of Sidi Amar.

In addition and for the current year, a program approval of around 1.28 billion DA is planned for the implementation of various actions that the redevelopment of existing buildings, because it should be noted that two CPE resolutions authorizing the transfer free of charge, for the benefit of ANPT, real estate and land over 16 ha, belonging to companies ensidic, and Procim Grebco, ex-Sider, for the realization of the techno-park. A PV for possession of the site was signed on 24 December 2010. The completion of these procedures led to the completion of several such actions, the development of management plan by the ANPT and the development of specifications relating to a study of expertise and others.

Although much remains to be done, however, the triple challenge of techno-parks, is very important because the state relies on its success, not only as a real estate project attracting a variety of occupants, but also its success as accelerator regional ICT sector, by encouraging greater investment in this sector on the one hand, and encouraging the expansion of existing businesses, on the other hand, while assisting at the birth of new firms.

As outlined by the mechanisms of an adequate economic and social development, these technology parks will create all conditions for development of national scientific and technical expertise in the production of software, services and equipment, with the objective of create a national industry of information technology and communication, which is a priority in the development strategy of the country at the end of 2015.

The new dynamics capable of supporting a new take-off of information technology and communication, relies on the construction of technology parks in the main areas of the country, Oran, Setif, Ouargla, including Algiers and Annaba. As an essential component of e-Algeria, techno-parks will contribute to strengthening national capacity for the sector up to speed on information technology and communication, for an adequate economic and social development .

As one of the key sectors in the economic and social development, ICT must join the ranks of new technologies, the promotion of research, whose benefits are guaranteed by multidimensional globalization.

As a result, the requirements imposed by the State as to good development is the creation of spaces to hold these mega projects, with multiple objectives. They should allow professionals and expertise to develop and promote synergy of information technology and communication.

These spaces will provide a quality working environment, with the creation of advanced infrastructure and incentives specific to ICT and, consequently, promote innovation and entrepreneurship through business incubators that will house, accommodation R & D activities of large ICT companies. In short, techno-parks are creating an ecosystem for a boost ICT in Algeria.

source: Lexpress (Wahida BAHRI)

Posted July 10, 2011 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

Algeria-Canada Cooperation on mining   Leave a comment

Algeria – A delegation of the Ministry of Energy and Mines has recently completed a working visit to Canada to strengthen cooperation in the mining sector between the two countries, said Thursday at the APS, the Embassy of Algeria in Ottawa.

This mission, which follows the Minister’s discussions of Energy and Mines Minister Youcef Yousfi, during his participation at the 21st edition of World Energy Congress in September, with officials Quebec sector, was the occasion for the delegation to explore with its Canadian counterpart opportunities to strengthen bilateral cooperation particularly in the fields of cartography, geographic information and mining.

During the meetings in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa, the delegation of the mining sector had talks “very fruitful” with Canadian officials, the source said. These discussions focused on “technical cooperation in mining and the relevance of implementing a framework agreement that would be the instrument of institutional cooperation in the mining sector between Algeria and Canada,” added she said.

In Ottawa, the delegation conducted a tour to the laboratories of Mining and Mineral Sciences Laboratories (MMSL) and sought the expertise and the Canadian know-how to analyze a sample of the deposit Gara Djebilet which is characterized by its high contentphosphorus, says the Embassy of Algeria.

This mission has come to consolidate the discussions already underway in Toronto on the occasion of Algeria’s participation in the Congress of the Canadian Association of Prospectors and Developers in March.

In addition to senior officials of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Algerian delegation was composed of the presidents of boards of directors of the National Agency of Geology and Mining Control (ANGCM) and the National Mining Heritage (ANPM), the Director General of the National Geological and Mining Research (ORGM) and the project leader of the Algerian bank of geological and mining data.


Posted July 10, 2011 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

Algeria-Spain: Sonatrach acquires stake in Gas Natural   Leave a comment

Algeria-Spain | The national hydrocarbons company, Sonatrach,signed yesterday an agreement to subscribe for shares of Gas Natural SDG SA, Sonatrach said in a statement released.

The Algerian group, under the agreement approved by the Board of Directors of Gas Natural SDG SA, which owns will be 3.8504%in Spanish society. However, “the rate of minority interest (…) does not open the right to a seat on the board of Gas Natural,” the statement said.

The subscription amount is the order of 514 737 838.16 euros, while the purchase price of the share is EUR 13.4806, added the source. With 38,183,600 shares purchased, Sonatrach has calledin its statement, the acquisition of “positive”.

Last Tuesday, the two parties had reached an agreement thatended the dispute between them since 2007 on contracts for thesale of gas, and pledged to cooperate in energy projects in the future. The two companies agreed to settle their differencesfollowing the award of the arbitral tribunal in August 2010, which gave Sonatrach the right to increase the price of gas.

In this case, challenged Fenosa Gas Natural increases in natural gas rates applied from 2007 by Sonatrach, which supplies about a quarter of gas consumed in Spain through the Maghreb-Europegas pipeline.
Gas Natural would pay $ 1.9 billion to Sonatrach, according to thecourt.

Algeria is the largest supplier of natural gas from Spain ahead of  Nigeria and Qatar, while Sonatrach is the largest oil company in Africa.

source: Elwatan (Hocine Lamriben)

Posted July 10, 2011 by newworldconsulting in Uncategorized

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