While Algeria currently has a healthy cushion between peak demand and installed capacity, consumption is steadily rising. If Algiers wants to avoid a repeat of the 2012 unrest over blackouts, it must step on the gas with a number of delayed CCGT plants.

Algerian state electricity and gas utility Sonelgaz says that the country’s generators delivered a total 69.79TWh of electricity to the grid in 2017, an increase of 7% on 2016. But the firm has failed to lift a number of big CCGT...