Algeria’s state generator SPE has brought fully online a 660MW gas-fired power plant at Hassi Messaoud, 85km southeast of Ouargla in eastern Algeria, taking the country’s current generating capacity to 17.68GW. The plant comprises three 220MW gas turbine generator units, the first of which was started up in 2015.

The Hassi Messaoud plant is one of a number of combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT), gas turbine and mobile gas turbine plants with a combined capacity of 13.71GW, which...