Algerian Electricity: Ambitious Plans Vs Tricky Reality


Noureddine Boutarfa, CEO of Algerian state utility Sonelgaz says it will bring 18GW of generating capacity online by 2017. Yet, speaking on state radio this week, he also said increased electricity and gas prices are not planned, highlighting a tricky balancing act to complete the development program.

Subsidized energy in Algeria has led to annual deficits among Sonelgaz’s transmission and distribution...