ECONOMY


Electricity

Since its creation in 1969, Sonelgaz, the national electricity and gas company, is the main operator in electricity production and distribution.

Today, Algeria’s electricity network covers 99.4 % of Algeria’s households. With an increase of about 4 million subscribers between 2000 and 2015, Algeria’s electricity network benefits more than 8.8 million subscribers. With a production of 66.3 TWh in 2016 (representing an increase of 2.4% compared to 2015), Algeria produced 97% of its requirements in electricity.

The current annual electricity production capacity of 19006 MW. An additional capacity of 21 307 MW, costing $ 1 949 billion, is planned to be implemented between 2017 and 2027. Algeria’s electricity network is connected to Tunisia and Morroco.

Installed power of electricity production

During these last years, many efforts have been made by Sonelgaz and its subsidiaries, in order to improve capacity production of electricity. These efforts have yielded to the increase of the installed power generation capacity, from 7,492 MW in 2005 to 17,238.6 MW in 2015.

Electricity Distribution Network

The total length of the national electricity transmission network was 27,284 km by the end of 2015, from which 10 506 km have been achieved between 2005 and 2015. During the period 2017-2027, the electricity distribution network should expand by 34,441 km, meaning that the total length of the electricity transmission network will reach 60,790 km in 2027 for an investment of 1,588,740 MDA.