The project will be an IPP for a combined cycle power plant of 450 MW located in Skhira. The project is called Skhira 2 IPP and will be the second phase of a the Skhira 1 power plant (same capacity) procured as an EPC contract. The project aims at ensuring a 10% reserve capacity to secure the foreseen demand peaks by 2023.
Since its inception, the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company has been carrying out its economic and social role, which is to be the backbone of the industrial sector and to ensure the continuity of electricity supply of the country. Electricity demand peaks during the summer because of the increased demand for air conditioning due to high weather temperatures. The last 10 years have witnessed a steady growth of 5% per year, equivalent to the installation of an additional 340 MWH (2-megawatt gas turbine) plant every two years. The peak of 2017 (4025 MW) was 18% higher than the peak of 2016.
Given the time needed to plan and procure thermal power plants (about 4 years before actual operation), and the urgent need to
meet the peak demand for electricity on the short term (especially in 2019 and 2020), the
Tunisian Government decided, beginning of 2018 to start procuring the first 450 MW of the combined cycle power plant as a traditional EPC (Engineering-Procurement-Construction) contract and to study the possibility to undertake the additional 450 MW as an (Independent Power Producer) contract (Skhira 2).
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Project stage info
Stage 1: Initial Government Announcement
Government of Tunisia
Form of project announcement
The Skhira 2 combined cycle 450 MW project is part of the five-year (2016-2020) energy sector development plan, which was established in October 2015. Natural gas will remain the main fuel for electricity generation, so the Skhira combined cycle project constitutes the continuity of the choice of type "F" gas turbines, with an energy efficiency of 60% (combined cycle).
Recent projects in Tunisia have used the same technology, namely, the Ghannouch combined cycle plant (in 2011), the Sousse C and D plant (2018), the future combined cycle project of Rades C and finally the future power station of Mornaguia (2 Gas Turbines of 300 MW each with an open cycle).
The electricity demand forecast, as established in the Energy Sector Five-Year Development Plan 2016-2020 shows a peak power forecast for 2019 of 4,460 MW based on the following assumptions:
. An annual peak power of 4.6%
. The realization of energy efficiency actions for end uses (industrial, tertiary and residential)
. A proactive reduction of energy losses in electricity distribution and transmission networks.
On the supply side available for the 2016-2020 period, and in addition to the scheduled decommissioning and the scheduled commissioning of production units (including the two Bouchemma Gaw Turbines for 2016-2017), thermal power generation will be characterized by the degradation of the availability and reliability of small 20-30 MW Gas Turbines.
The renewable energy production, excluding self-producers, would provide an additional capacity of 830 MW in total during the five-year period 2016-2020: 375 MW in photovoltaic stations supposed to contribute to the day peaks of up to 50% of their capacity and 410 MW in wind power farms supposed to contribute to the economy in fuels (given their variability and intermittency).
Indicative timetable of project development
- Project IPP Feasibility Study: 2018
- IPP Procurement: 2019-2020
- Construction phase: 2020-2023
- Operation phase: 2023-2043
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Stage 2: Project Investigation
384.7 M USD 1,100 M TND
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