Algeria, June 14, 2017

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Algeria: Oran’s new gas power plant boosts production capacity by 33%

The new gas turbine power plant of Boutlelis region, with an overall capacity of 446 MW, will boost the electricity generation capacity in the province of Oran (west Algeria) by 33%, the local Energy Director, Omar Sebaa, told APS on Tuesday.

The project, set up over an area of ​​20 hectares in the region of Boutelis, has a rate of advancement of about 50%, said Omar Sebaa, adding that the reception of the plant is planned for June 2018.

The province Oran has four power plants, including Oran, Mars El Hadjadj, Bethioua and Bir El Djir, with a total capacity of 1,200 MW, a threshold of 1,646 MW will be reached with commissioning of the new power plant.

The power plant consists of two gas turbines with a capacity of 223 MW each, operating on natural gas as the main fuel and gas oil as emergency fuel, according to the same source.

The construction of the power plant, which is being carried out by the General Electric International (USA) and CEGELEC SAS (France) consortium, began in 2012 and was to be delivered in 2015, the source added.

The project has been delayed due to the nature of the soil containing gypsum. Nevertheless, soil reinforcement work has been undertaken, in order to guarantee a solid foundation for the various constructions and turbines of the power plant. The plant will be delivered at the end of 2017, Sebaa explained.

After eight months of testing, the plant will be commissioned in September 2018, said Sebaa, pointing out that the equipment have already been received.

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