60 MW wind farm project launched in Tunisia
5 January 2011
A feasibility study for a 60 MW wind farm in Tunisia has just begun, it was announced Monday 3 January by the Agence nationale tunisienne de maitrise de l'énergie (ANME).
The wind farm, which may increase its output to 120 MW, is part of a program aimed at self-generating electricity to satisfy part of the energy needs of businesses which are big consumers of electricity, reports the PANA press agency.
Nafaa Bekkari, wind-power manager at ANME, explained in an interview last December with the site Africanmanager, that wind power has been growing in popularity in the past few years in Tunisia.
He mentioned several projects, such as the power station at El Haouaria, which in 2008 increaed its output by 54 MW. Another project in the course of being built at Bizerte will have a total capacity of 120 MW.
"By extending this project, Tunisia will implement an installed wind power capacity of 175 megawatts by 2011. An opportunity which will enable Tunisia to occupy 3rd position in Africa", he explained.