Electrical connection planned between Tunisia and Italy
26 November 2009
A draft agreement has just been signed between Italy and Tunisia to initiate a study of the potential of renewable sources of energy and their application. The objective is to create an interconnection for electricity between Tunisia and Italy.
At a conference on 24 November 2009 in Tunisia the persons responsible for the project emphasised that the interconnection is going to push ahead the creation of renewable sources of energy in Tunisia and other countries in North Africa. It should also create the foundations for an energy market with Europe.
The interconnection will have a capacity of 1000 MW, thanks in particular to the construction of a power plant with a capacity of 1200 MW. About 800 MW will be destined for Italy and 400 MW for the Tunisian market.
“The new system will allow for a substantial number of investments to be made in the energy sector. It will also guarantee security for Tunisia with regard to energy”, said Corrado Clini, Director General at the Italian Ministry of the Environment, quoted by the daily La Presse.
The project, the cost of which is estimated at more than 2.2 billion Dollars, will be financed by the European Union.<br/>