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Tunisia-Italy: Signing of a Major Electrical Interconnection Project
Within the framework of the interconnection between the energy networks of the Maghreb and Europe, the project involving the electrical interconnection between Tunisia and Italy was recently signed during the visit of the Head of Italy’s Government, Mr Sergio Berlusconi, to Tunisia.

Tunisie-italieThe realisation of the project which has been entrusted on the Tunisian part to the Tunisian electricity and gas company (STEG), and on the Italian part to Italy’s electricity transportation company, is estimated at some 4 billion dinars.

It involves the construction of an electric power plant with a capacity of 1200MW, including 400MW, destined to cover  Tunisia’s electricity needs, as well as a submarine interconnection between both countries of some 200 km, with a capacity of 1000MW.

The submarine interconnection is part of a Mediterranean project aiming at the creation of an integrated platform for the international exchange of electricity with neighboring southern Mediterranean countries, as well as with European countries via Italy.

Italy is Tunisia’s second trade partner with a volume of exchanges amounting to 10 billion dinars in 2008. Italy is also Tunisia’s 3 rd provider of foreign direct investments (FDI’s) as well as in the number of tourists which visit the country.

In a related event, both countries are also actively involved in curbing illegal emigration and in controlling migratory fluxes, thanks to a partnership agreement set up in 2000. During the talks between President Ben Ali and Mr Berlusconi earlier this week, the issue of illegal emigration was also evoked.

Source:Tunisia Online

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