VSB Builds 30 MW Wind Farm in Tunisia
Press / Nîmes / France / 25.01.2019
VSB Énergies Nouvelles wins a tender in Tunesia with the project “El Bethia Windfarm”.
Successful start of the year: The Tunisian government has recently granted the project developer VSB permission to build six wind turbines. A long-term electricity supply contract will be signed with STEG. The future wind farm will generate as much green energy as around 38,000 households consume per year. The commissioning is scheduled for November 2020.
The Tunisian subsidiary VSB Énergies Nouvelles won the tender with the project “El Bethia Windfarm”. Six 5 MW wind turbines will be located in the 30 megawatt park, about 70 km from Tunis. The expected production of the plants is more than 110 GWh per year. This corresponds to almost 3.700 full load hours. Energy consumer is the state utility STEG (Société tunisienne de l’éctricité et du gaz), with which VSB will sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a period of 20 years.
“We strive to promote the expansion of renewable energies in Tunisia. Our international expertise as well as an experienced team on site with the excellent selection of the location in Bethia have made this success possible.” says Francois Trabucco, Managing Director of VSB Énergies Nouvelles.
The energy policy of Tunisia aims to advance the expansion of renewable energies to cover the country's own needs in a climate-friendly manner in the future. By 2030, 30 percent of Tunisia's energy demand is supposed to be covered by renewable energy sources.
VSB Énergies Nouvelles – a subsidiary of the VSB Group: VSB, with headquarters in Dresden, is one of the leading European full-service suppliers in the renewable energies sector. The core business is the international project development of wind and photovoltaic farms, including operational management, maintenance and upkeep for these plants. Since 1996, VSB has commissioned more than 650 wind energy and photovoltaic plants with a combined installed capacity of approx. 900 MW and an investment volume of EUR 1.4 billion. The group and its affiliated companies employ 300 members of staff in 16 locations. The Tunisian subsidiary, VSB Énergies Nouvelles, is based in Tunis since 2014.