Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab announced on Wednesday in Tebessa the creation and installation of a renewable energy commission « in the month of September », composed of experts and specialists in the field in order to implement the recent decision of the Governing Council.
In launching the new school year 2019/2020, the Minister said that the Office will implement the national renewable energy program across the country, developing a comprehensive strategy and action plan based on specific mechanisms aimed at developing this area in order to concretise the new orientation of the State through the exploitation of these alternative energies.
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Mr. Arkab also stressed that this Office, which receives special attention and follow-up from the Prime Minister, will ensure the development of new methods to reduce the total dependence on natural gas, transform the volumes saved. to use them in other areas, such as the petrochemical industry and to double the quotas for export to increase foreign exchange earnings and thus bail out the public treasury.
In the same context, the Minister of Energy has noted the importance of moving to the exploitation of solar energy, which Algeria has an average of 3,000 hours per year, as an alternative source of energy. generating income, while allowing the creation of renewable energy development centers, especially solar.
The minister explained, moreover, that these centers of development of solar energy, like the schools, which constitute small centers, will produce solar energy locally for the benefit of the institutions which would depend on it without recourse to the traditional energy, ie electricity or gas, with a view to reducing costs and rationalizing their operation, before the creation of large national centers.
Mr. Arkab recalled, in this regard, that Algeria currently has a single solar energy production center in the Djelfa wilaya, with a capacity of 60 MW, underlining the need to build other centers. and photovoltaic plants with a capacity between 100 and 150 MW.
Regarding the important national project for extraction and processing of phosphate in the region of Bled El Hadba, in the municipality of Bir El Ater (South of Tebessa), Mr. Arkab said the project was under study and by various experts from the field, from within and from outside the country, considering, in his view, its great economic and social importance.
He said, in this sense, that its launch will be announced once all procedures are completed.
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