Taking power to Tunisia

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Alstom has been awarded a turnkey contract, worth approximately €335m, to construct a 400MW combined-cycle power plant in Algeria.

The power plant will be built at Ghannouch, in the Gabes region, in southern Tunisia for STEG (the Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas). STEG is the major generator and distributor of electricity in Tunisia, generating close to 80 per cent of the country’s total electricity.

Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will supply a fully integrated turnkey power plant, which will comprise one combined-cycle unit, one gas turbine, one heat recovery steam generator, one steam turbine, one turbogenerator and a distributed control system.

Ghannouch will be the third power plant constructed by Alstom for STEG in Tunisia, after the combined-cycle power plants of Sousse and Rades, which went online in 1994 and 2001 respectively.

The demand for power in Tunisia is rising by six per cent annually, as a result of Tunisia’s rapid economic development. The new facility will be constructed on the site of the old thermal power plant of Ghannouch allowing the use of existing sea water intake and discharge structures.