Gas Shortages Send Algeria Back To The Steam Age

Algeria’s 2014-16 power expansion will need 20 bcm/year of gas – over 25% of current output – pressuring squeezed supplies. For its latest additions Algeria is now looking to steam turbines, less efficient but able to run on liquid fuels.

Algeria now plans to add 18.9GW of powergen capacity by end-2017, more than doubling the 14.95GW end-2013 figure. Of this, the 15.57GW being brought online during 2014-16 will be...