Projects for the production of electricity from renewable energies, worth 3 billion euros (about 10 billion dinarsd), are proposed by Tunisia within the framework of public private partnership (PPP), affirmed to Lyon, Belhassen Chibboub, Director of the Electricity and Renewable Energies Department at the Ministry of Industry, during the Tunisia Day at the environmental equipment and services fair which is being held in the second largest metropolitan city in France.
It is about producing 4 GIGA Watts in renewable energy of which 2/3 photovoltaic and 1/3 wind power, “which means that investment possibilities exist in Tunisia”, he said, referring to the objectives of Tunisian participation in the Pollutec fair.
STEG, being a public body, cannot support such heavy investments, he added in a statement to TAP Agency, noting that the country needs to resort to public-private partnership, to be able to carry out these projects.
“We already have 500 megawatts (MG) which are in the course of approval, which were entrusted to the Norwegian solar developer” Scatec “, to the Franco-Moroccan company” Engina “and to the Sino-Emirati couple,” TBEA AMEA “for the construction of photovoltaic plants in Tatouine, Tozeur, Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa and Kairouan ”.
Other calls for tenders will be launched shortly to achieve another 600 megawatts “and there we will let the promoters and developers look for their own land and bring their own projects, so that they go look for a Tunisian partner who knows the land,” set up these projects at the technical and financial levels and have the best prices for public utility, he also explained to the TAP Agency.
Regarding the difficulties encountered in the realization of renewable energy projects, in recent years, the manager insisted on the obligation to overcome these difficulties, the risk being to see the disappearance of primary energies, which would deprive Tunisians on the horizon. from 2027 or 2030, electricity.
The country’s energy deficit currently stands at 57% and is even close to 60% and in the absence of major discoveries in hydrocarbons or natural gas, Tunisia needs to develop renewable energies to ensure its security of energy supply.
STEG and its international subsidiaries take part in the Pollutec fair, alongside several other Tunisian organizations active in the field of sustainable development. They occupy a stand of approximately 80m2, supervised in particular by the Ministry of the Environment, and by Business France.