Germany and Algeria reinforce their cooperation on renewable energies
9 December 2010
Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on a visit to Berlin, last Wednesday met German chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the establishment of an economic commission to further their cooperation.
They specifically raised the matter of their cooperation in the domain of renewable energies in order to reduce Algeria's dependency on hydrocarbons.
"We will work on new energies as part of a colossal project, which is called Project Desertec, which we will expand by mutual agreement" said Mr. Bouteflika, whose words were quoted by Agence France Presse.
This project is intended to create a vast network of wind farms and solar arrays in North Africa, which by 2050 will supply up to 15 percent of electricity consumption in Europe.
Last Monday in Algiers, the Algerian minister for Energy, Youcef Yousfi, also announced the launch of a program to develop renewable energies over 20 years.