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Peak electricity demand in Tunisia shrank 5% in 2020 to 4,030 MW (Observatory of Energy)

February 14, 2021

TAP) - Peak electricity demand in Tunisia shrank 5% in 2020 compared to 2019 to 4,030 megawatts (MW), data by the National Observatory of Energy and Mines show.

Tunisia saw power generation fall 3% to reach 19,709 gigawatts (GW) exclusive of self-generation. Likewise, production for the domestic market was 5% lower, said the report on the energy market situation for December released Friday.

The observatory said the overall production capacity of Borj El Amri power plant rose to 624 MW after the gas turbine entered into its second phase of operation last June 27. The first phase set in motion in mid 2019 allowed the production of 312 MW.

Electricity sales dropped 6% between 2019 and 2020. Purchases by high and medium-voltage customers followed suit, decreasing 7% and 9%, respectively.

The observatory said it cannot determine the real volume of consumption by low-voltage customers (households).

The volume of consumption of these customers, who represent nearly 75% of total consumers, is monitored using invoices with more than half of them based on estimated volumes.

Industry has the lion's share of power consumption, that is 61% of medium and high voltage consumers.


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