Solar energy forms the foundation for this energy program, with Algeria having a concentrating solar thermal power potential of 169.440 TWh a year.
Of this shall be gained 2,000 MW from wind energy, 2,800 MW of photovoltaic and 7,200 MW from concentrated solar power.
Twelve groups of companies, which also include Alstom SA and Spain’s SENER Ingenería y Sistemas S.A., will be invited to participate in the tender before the end of this year.
This is the second plant in the world developed with this technology by Abengoa. The plant will generate electricity on a large scale using natural gas and solar energy.
Algeria's renewable energy programme already includes several large-scale industrial initiatives. According to Algeria's ten-year plan, renewable sources will generate 6-8% of electricity production by 2020 and as much a
Algeria is seeking to produce 6% of its electricity from renewables by 2015, of which 100 MW will be in the form of wind, 170 MW will come from concentrating solar power, 5.1 MW from PV and 450 MW from co-generation.
Over the next 20 years, Algeria hopes to produce as much electricity from renewable sources as it currently produces from its natural gas power plants.