LIBYA: Government launches construction of solar power plant in Kufra

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A solar photovoltaic power plant is under construction in Kufra, Libya. The Prime Minister of the Eastern Government Abdullah Thinni recently laid the foundation stone for the construction of the facility which will occupy an area of ​​200 hectares. The solar power plant will have a capacity of 100 MWp. Its construction was entrusted to a Chinese company.

It will strengthen the electricity network of the city of Kufra, which is currently supplied by a thermal power station made up of 3 units of 25 MW each. The power plant has been out of service for several months due to a fuel supply problem following the unrest in the North African country. Two of the three sections of the thermal power plant have recently been rehabilitated.

The solar power plant under construction in the town of Kufra is expected to help secure the electricity supply to its population. According to our colleagues from the Libya Herald, the solar project is part of the 2030 vision of the General Authority for Electricity and Renewable Energies, based in the East, which aims to exploit alternative and clean energies, in particular solar and wind power.

In Libya, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) also carries out renewable energy projects. This branch of the United Nations (UN) also recently carried out a solar-powered street lighting project in the city of Benghazi as part of its Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL). The project includes the installation of 70 solar street lights, of which 20 are located at the entrance to the airport and at the southern entrance to Benghazi.

UNDP also funded the construction of solar mini-grids to supply electricity to 15 hospitals in the cities of Benghazi, Sebha, Tripoli, Zintan, Ubari and Rajban. The uninterrupted supply of electricity to these health centers is necessary because they host a significant number of victims of the fighting between the Government of National Unity (GNA, based in Tripoli) and the Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa Haftar.

Jean-Marie Takouleu


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