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Complied by Cass Gilroy-Business Editor

Tunisia increase their investments in renewable wind power

The chronic rise in oil prices has prompted the Tunisian authorities to invest in renewable energies such as wind power. 15 years ago, when the Sidi Daoud site was set up it produced 8,7 MW of electricity, and in 2007 with the extension of the site, it is expected to produce some 34 MW. 

Although itís a small amount in comparison with that produced by the petrol or gas power plants, it has saved the state budget some 10 million dinars. In addition to the savings mentioned, it has also prevented the spread in the atmosphere of some 113 thousand tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of the exhaust fumes of some 23,500 cars. 

Recently, the Tunisian National Electricity Company (STEG) decided to set up three additional wind farms with a total capacity of 120 MW. And these wind farms will boost Tunisia 's overall wind power capacity to 180 MW, making it the leading African country in terms of wind power production and one of the leading countries in the world.

 

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