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Small Cabinet meeting decides set of measures for energy and mines sector

Published the:  08/06/2019

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(TAP) - A set of measures for the benefit of the energy and mines sector were taken on Friday during a small Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.


These measures concern energy security, energy rationalisation and sector governance.


The Prime Ministry announced Saturday in a press release the following measures:


Energy security:


- June 2019: Entry of operation of the Mornaguia / Borj Al Amri and Rades plants, with a capacity of 1050 megawatts, representing a 20% increase in the national electricity production.


- July 2019: Entry into operation of the gas production unit at the Ghannouch / Gabes plant.


- September 2019: Signing of agreements on concession projects with a production capacity of 500 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy.


- October 2019: Entry into operation of the "Nawara" field, which will increase national gas production by 50%.


- Creation of a regional sector-based training centre with an African dimension in the field of oil trades in Tataouine.


- Establishment of a policy of promotion of free blocks in the hydrocarbon field at home and abroad, in order to attract the investors in the hydrocarbon prospection and production field.


-  Launch of a development plan for the exploration of gas and oil.


- Structuring the Tunisian Company of Petroleum Activities (ETAP) to make of it a national operator in the hydrocarbon exploitation field, allowing it to exploit directly the national riches in the hydrocarbon field.


Energy rationalisation:


- Reduction of 20% of energy consumption in central and regional public structures and institutions by 2021.


-  Allocation of 50 million dinars to help vulnerable and low-income groups to repay part of their unpaid electricity bills to the STEG.

It was decided to dedicate the principle of social equity and rationalise the consumption of electricity by households by adopting the Bonus / Malus system, in order to reduce electricity bills or ensure their stability for 94% of consumers. The goal is also to rationalise its consumption by large users (6%).


- A 50% increase in the subsidy allocated to photovoltaic panels installation projects on the roofs of houses.


- Distribution of 4 million economic light bulbs intended for domestic lighting.


- Launch of the national project of roofing equipment for low-income households with photovoltaic panels.


- September 2019: Launch of the energy audit of 350 municipalities and implementation of a new energy-efficient public lighting.


Mining industry:


- Diversification of the economic base of the Gafsa region, integrating the agricultural and industrial sectors and transferring the phosphate washing stations from residential areas to the mining basin.


- Reinforcement of the phosphate rail transport and ending its transport by trucks by 2021


-  Part of the benefits of phosphate will be devoted to the governorate of Gafsa under the law on social responsibility, while entrusting a commission with  studying the issue.


Governance of the sector


- August 2019: Launch of the draft revision of the mining and hydrocarbon codes.


- Development of a digitisation program at the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises to ensure further  transparency and good governance of the energy sector, while launching a digital platform in which all related contracts are published.


- June 2019: Joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).