Tunisia suffers nationwide power cut

[20-09-2023 01:09 PM]

Ammon News - A power cut hit Tunisia on Wednesday, with electricity supplies down for two hours across the country.

The reason for it was not clear, state electricity company STEG said.

Interior Minister Kamel Feki was to visit a power station in the city of Rades, about 15km south-east of Tunis, to investigate the cause of the blackout, the ministry said.

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior reported that the security situation is stable and that its security units continue to work to “preserve public security and ensure the protection of citizens and public and private property", Al Ittihad reported.

Power cuts are rare in the country, where electricity coverage is about 100 per cent, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

However, the capital Tunis was hit by a major power cut in 2014.

Tunisia generates 97 per cent of its electricity from non-renewable sources, primarily oil and gas, according to Irena.

Last year, the European Commission approved plans to construct an underwater power line to transport clean energy from Tunisia to Italy.

EU officials have also said they aim to strengthen the green hydrogen trade between Tunisia and Europe.

A plan to produce green hydrogen from solar and desalinated water energy in Tunisia, to be sent to Europe through gas pipelines, is awaiting regulatory approval.

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