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Tunisia: wind power to reach 180 MW by 2008

The chronic rise in oil prices has prompted Tunisian authorities to invest in renewable energies such as wind power. 15 years ago, when the Sidi Daoud (Cap Bon area) site was set up it produced 8,7 MW worth of electricity, in 2007 with the extension of the site it is expected that it will produce some 34 MW, a small amount in comparison with that produced by petrol or gas induced power plants but not so negligible, when one is aware that it saved the state budget some 10 million dinars.
In addition to the savings mentioned, it has prevented the spread in the atmosphere of some 113 thousand tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of the exhaust fumes of some 23,500 cars.

Recently, the Tunisian National Electricity Company (STEG) has decided to set up three additional wind farms with a total capacity of 120 MW. These wind farms which will be built in the governorate of Bizerta, respectively in Metline, Beni Aouf and Jebel Kechabta, will boost Tunisia 's overall wind power capacity to 180 MW, making it the first African country in terms of wind power production and one of the leading countries in the world.

Wind farms produce only 1% of the world's electric power. Europe has 69% of wind turbines, yielding some 59,000 MW of energy, whereas Africa only has 4% producing a total of 250 MW. However a country like Denmark has heavily invested in this clean and lasting resource with 20% of the country's electric energy being produced by wind power.

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News date: 14/11/2006

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