Areva to increase capacity of Algerian transmission
August 23, 2007 - Clare Watson
- Energy Business Review
The transmission and distribution
arm of French state-owned nuclear energy group Areva
has been awarded a E50 million turnkey contract
by Algerian utility Sonelgaz, to increase the capacity
of its electricity transmission grid.
According to the French firm, the
venture is part of the Mediterranean grid project
that will link the power grids of the Maghreb and
Areva Transmission and Distribution
(Areva T&D) will supply and install a 400kV air-insulated
substation and will provide a telecommunications
system, as well as protection and control equipment.
Philippe Romieu, Areva's regional
vice president for southern Europe and Africa, commented:
"We are very pleased with the trust that Sonelgaz
attributes to Areva T&D's solutions. This win will
definitely speed up the development of our local
resources and competences."
In 2003, Areva significantly contributed
to the first steps of the Mediterranean Ring project
by supplying a 400kV gas-insulated substation to
interconnect Algeria's network with Morocco's high-voltage
grid, which is known as Hassi Ameur.