Bazoum does solar business with Mohamed Ayachi Ajroudi
The Nigerien president and the boss of Power Invest Mediterranean are negotiating several major electricity generation projects.
Faced with rocketing gas prices, Tunisia's industry and energy minister will be concentrating after the summer recess on kick-starting the many solar and wind power projects that have nominally been launched in recent years but have so far come to nothing.
The Tunisian government, which is under pressure from its lenders and high gas prices, is trying to speed up construction of new wind and solar power plants, particularly those destined to supply electricity to cement and other industrial producers.
After two years of talks, Scatec, Engie and the consortium TBEA-AMEA Power are at last on track to start construction of five solar farms totalling 500 MW, on top of which Mechichi's government wants to already add a further 1200 MW in solar and wind power.
Tunisia's parliament is expected to soon approve the concession contracts for the construction of five photovoltaic power stations in the south-west of the country worth an estimated $400m. The financial package for the project, which has already got the government green light, has yet to be finalised with international donors.
Turkey's TAV Airports, which has the operating concession for the Enfidha and Monastir airports, has had several hundred million euros worth of debt cancelled by international institutions and Tunisia but now faces scrutiny by Tunisian deputies.
Tunisia's new energy minister Salwa Sghaier has rather unwittingly launched a new tender for the construction of solar energy plants to provide a total output of 70MW. To revive investors' interest, she may align the approval process with that of concessions.