Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab visited the gas pipeline project, starting from the pumping station at the Al-Nawar project in the border municipality of Naama, to the municipality of Beni Saf in Ain Temouchent, at a distance of 172 km and then to the Spanish city of Almeria and then to several European countries.
“The project that I inaugurated on Wednesday in very important economically because it ensures the flow of large quantities of gas, as the completion of the project was based on the installation of 40-inch diameter pipelines”, he said.
“The project is completed by two national companies”, he added, while standing on the pace of completion where he considered that the first pumping operations will start in the summer of 2020.
In the context of the work visit, the Minister also inspected the power plant in the region of Touifza in Mechria, which operates on the basis of non-polluting steam, and very advanced technologies with a capacity of 116,444 megawatts, and this will ensure the supply of electricity to several western and southwestern provinces.
The project cost 87 billion dinars, and it will enter into service on June 2020, and it has been completed by several companies such as South Korea’s Samyung, General Electric and Inerga of Sonelgaz, and the project will provide 400 permanent jobs.
The power plant was subjected to a fire at the control center level on the night of July 25, and the rapid intervention of the civil protection services put out the flames in a short time and averted a major disaster, its reasons are still being investigated by the security services.
“The project will drive development in several provinces, improve state revenues and contribute to the revival of the national economy”, the minister said.