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AMEA breaks ground on another African solar project

The project was initially awarded to AMEA Power through an international tender programme that was launched by Tunisia’s Ministry of Industry and SMEs. (Image source: AMEA Power)

AMEA Power, a renewable energy company based in the Middle East, has broken ground on the Kairouan Solar PV project in Tunisia, marking yet another development celebrated by the company on the continent

The latest announcement follows notable announcements including the agreement to develop a 25MW solar PV project in Djibouti; breaking ground on a solar power plant in Togo; and signing a concession agreement and 25 PPA for a 50MW solar project in Côte d'Ivoire.

The latest release from AMEA Power regards the official groundbreaking of the 120MW Kairouan Solar PV project which is being implemented by Kairouan Solar Plant, a project company registered in Tunisia and fully-owned by AMEA Power. The ceremony – which follows the financial close of the project last year – was attended by Fatma Thabet Chiboub, Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy of Tunsia; Eman Ahmed Al Salami, UAE Ambassador to Tunisia; Faiçal Tarifa, director general of STEG; and Hussain Al Nowais, Chairman of AMEA Power.

Meeting Tunisia's renewables need

“This is a significant milestone for AMEA Power, as we officially announce the groundbreaking for the country’s first privately-financed solar project, paving the way for a greener Tunisia,” Al Nowais remarked. “By taking advantage of its renewable energy resources, and its strategic location between North Africa and Europe, Tunisia can become a prime location for green energy and trade. This groundbreaking project is a beacon for future renewable energy projects in the country, supporting the government’s goal of achieving 35% of renewable energy in its energy mix by 2030.”

The US$86mn project is being financed by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and the African Development Bank. It will be built under a Build-Own-Operate model and is the first project under the concession regime to reach financial close.

Once commissioned – expected in Q4 2025 – it will be AMEA Power’s first operational asset in Tunisia and is expected to power more than 43,000 households while offsetting 117,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the project’s life. It will also support the country’s efforts to reduce its dependence on oil and gas imports.

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