New doubts emerge regarding the 1000 MW solar project – TSA – Tout Sur l’Algerie

Algeria embarked on a path a program Who wants to be ambitious to achieve a project to produce 1000 megawatts of solar energy.

The invitation to bid for the completion of this project is called ” 1000 MW solar energy It was launched in December 2021 by the Ministry of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies.

The first kilowatt-hours of photovoltaic energy from the project will be produced at the end of 2023, APS reported on July 10, Director General of the Algerian Renewable Energy Company “CHAIM”, Smail Moujari.

deadline it He does not seem to convince Tawfik Hosny. “You have at least a year to connect the whole project and a year to build. So, it won’t be the end of 2023 but as soon as the end of 2024 for a rational project that is not in the current form,” estimates the expert, contacted by TSA.

According to the energy transmission consultant, there are conditions for the realization of such a project. The first is to clarify the position of the private sector in this programme.

“It is a point that is still muddled: one day we were told it was the private sector, another we were saying the state would finance it,” Mr. Hosni notes. It is not always the state that invests. The private sector must also be able to create a favorable environment for investment,” the expert points out.

“You cannot force an investor to take a risk on the basis of the information you have given him,” stresses Mr. Hosni.

According to him, before the investor commits, he must evaluate the potential of solar energy so that he can then embark on a project. “Solar energy, you have to measure it all year round because it varies,” he notes.

The consultant also criticizes the fact that a specific location is imposed on the industrialist. “It’s the investor who chooses the perfect location for them. Second, you can’t force industrial integration on them. It’s billions of dollars. You’re imposing on them the terms that you set and that’s in a kind of difficult situation right now that’s underfunded all over the world. How do you expect investors to respond? To invite you to bid? asks Tawfiq Hosni.

The second condition mentioned by Mr. Hosni relates to the need for “the executive texts of the new investment law to be very clear and compatible with the wishes of foreign investors from the private sector” in Algeria.

The third condition: “The regulations must be frozen, we can no longer accept changes to the regulations.” “Who will take the risk if your regulations remain arbitrary? These are the conditions that have generally prevented all investments. Which would mean that the project would not see the light of day if we did not give a certain transparency.

As a fourth condition, Taoufik Hosni calls for the reform of the Algerian financial system “so that it adapts to these major changes imposed on us by the economic, health and political crises in the world, which will direct investments towards places that will be more attractive.”

A clear conclusion from Tawfiq Hosni: “We are far from all these conditions.” “If we don’t come to a compromise on this, we can only be pessimistic about any project, whether it’s 1,000 megawatts or otherwise,” the consultant added.

“Oil pressure groups impede the development of renewable energies”

Toufik Hosni refutes the idea that photovoltaic cells can be the dominant way to ensure energy security in Algeria. Instead, it relies on solar thermal energy.

“Photovoltaic cells can only represent 20% of the entire global project that will integrate 80% of solar thermal energy. This is not a theory. All the projects that are launched in the Gulf region, in Africa, in the United States, are based on this principle, because it allows us to Eliminate intermittent photovoltaic cells that only produce (energy) during the day, while energy security explains Mr. Hosni, who cites another argument that solar heat can be stored.

Tawfiq Hosni accuses oil lobbyists of slowing the development of renewable energies (ENR) and implementing the world’s energy transformation.

They have halted all COP26 decisions. They even put the coals back in the saddle. A trend that Algeria does not exclude, according to Tawfiq Hosni. The results are in: we didn’t get past 1% of what we planned to achieve. However, energy security does not depend on photovoltaics alone. On the other hand, we are told that solar heat will not pass. why ? We have not given any evidence.”

Another “trick” the oil lobby uses to prevent energy transitions is to defend hydrogen as the solution, accuses Mr. Hosni.

Which amounts to doing the work of oil proponents, with an expert determining that hydrogen is produced from hydrocarbons, much to the chagrin of climate advocates.

“With us, the Ministry of Energy Transition has set itself a goal of moving toward hydrogen when it is a decoy. Hydrogen is actually used to replace natural gas,” Hosni says.


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