Nuclear power station for Algeria in 2020
31 March 2011
The minister for Energy and Mines, Mr. Youcef Yousfi, announced at the start of the week at the Popular National Assembly that the country would have its own nuclear power station within nine years.
"We may have to resort to nuclear power in the long term, we have no other alternative" said the minister, quoted by the newspaper La Tribune.
This first Algerian nuclear power station should go into service in 2020, with new power stations being built every five years.
The government wants to cut the cost of nuclear power generation by using renewable energies.
Elsewhere, American Assistant Secretary of State for Commerce, Suresh Kumar, announced last Monday that an energy project to the value of 500 million dollars was being studied in Tunisia.
It is to be realized by an American company in the El Borma region of Tataouine and concerns the generation of both conventional and clean energies, reports the newspaper La Presse.