There is no shortage of interest in Algeria’s renewables plans. Whether it translates into investment remains to be seen.

Algers has been busy in recent months meeting its foreign partners and securing their interest in a renewables program that it hopes will alleviate the strain on the hydrocarbons sector and the treasury.

On 25 November 2016, Sonatrach and Italy’s Eni signed a framework deal. Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi says the Italian firm confirmed “its willingness not...