Economics Affairs

Algeria has invested US$150 billion in power plants since 2000, says Guitouni

APS - 30 December 2017

ORAN-State has invested US$150 billion in the construction of power plants countrywide since 2000, announced Saturday Energy Minister Mustapha Guitouni.

“As part of this budget, many power plants have been built. They have increased the national production to 18,000 megawatts against 3,900 megawatts only in 2000,” the minister told the press on the sidelines of a working visit to the province of Oran.

“This production level would never have been achieved without the clear-sightedness of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika,” said Guitouni, who stated that “no country in the world has reached such results.”

“The development programme launched by President Bouteflika led to a genuine improvement in the national coverage,” stated the minister, referring to the example of Oran, where the coverage of electrical energy hits 98% and 80% for gas.

As for seawater desalination plants, which operate through the energy produced by power plants, they provide 1.1 million m3 of drinking water per day, i.e. 25% of families’ total consumption, recalled the minister.

In this connection, he announced that President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika gave instructions to build two stations in Tarf and Zeralda with a view to supplying these regions.

During his visit to the province of Oran, Guitouni inspected two projects nearing completion, which he called “very important,” namely the power plant of Boutlelis and the transformation station of El-Macta.