2 GW CSP planned in Tunisia

Construction of the first power plant is set to start in 2014 with the first electricity being supplied two years later. The project developer is the British company Nur Energie in cooperation with Tunisian partners such as Top Oilfield Services. Rather than the usual parabolic troughs, however, Nur Energie will build solar tower power plants.

The company will use technology supplied by the American power plant manufacturer BrightSource Energy, which uses molten salt as a heat transfer medium. There will be ten construction phases, in each of which a 200 MW power plant unit will be built.

According to the Desertec concept, electricity is also to be delivered to Europe. For this purpose, Italian grid operator Terna S.p.A. has offered the project a grid connection to Central Italy for the complete capacity of 2 GW.

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