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Algeria: Installed Electricity Capacity, Generation and Consumption [free access]

September 7, 2017

At the end of 2016, Algeria’s installed electricity generation capacity stood at 19,006 MW, of which 97 per cent was based on thermal energy sources, mainly gas.  Since 2012, the installed capacity has grown at a high compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2 per cent.

 

Over the past five years, no new hydro-based power plants have been commissioned in the country. On the other hand, renewable-based generation capacity has increased from zero to 379 MW.

 

Table 1: Growth in Algeria’s installed electricity capacity (MW)

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Hydro

228

           228

           228

           228

228

Thermal

     12,876

     14,720

     15,568

     16,811

     18,399

Renewable

           150

           161

           200

379

Total

13,104

     15,098

     15,957

     17,239

     19,006

Annual growth rate (%)

 -

          13.2

            5.4

            7.4

9.3

Note: Renewable includes solar, wind and others sources; thermal includes diesel, combined cycle, gas and steam.

Source: Arab Union of Electricity

 

In 2016, 66,234 GWh of electricity was generated and 55,149 GWh was consumed. Electricity generation and consumption have increased at a CAGR of 5.2 per cent and 6.3 per cent respectively since 2012. Quantum of electricity exchanged has varied vastly in the past five years, with net exports ranging from 31 GWh in 2015 to 250 GWh in 2016.

 

Table 2: Growth in electricity generation and consumption in Algeria (GWh)

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Generation

     54,086

     56,148

     60,501

     64,663

66,234

Annual growth rate (%)

 -

            3.7

            7.2

            6.4

2.37

Imports

           936

           296

           686

           610

257

Exports

           985

           384

           877

           641

507

Consumption

     43,150

     45,050

     49,192

     53,413

55,149

Annual growth rate (%)

 -

            4.2

            8.4

            7.9

3.15

Source: Arab Union of Electricity