Powerway acquires large-scale PV project in Algeria

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China’s Powerway Renewable Energy Co. Ltd has won a major PV power station project order in Algeria.

The station is made up of three sub-projects and 16 plants, with a total installed capacity of 233 MW. Powerway is providing the mounting structures and corresponding design services for 120 MW of the total.

When completed, the plants are expected to have an annual output of 372.8 million kilowatt hours and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 4.66 million tons a year.

According to Powerway, the project will be the largest PV power station in all of Africa.

Shariket el Kahraba wa el Taket el Moutadiadida (SKTM), a subsidiary of Algerian national natural gas and electricity distribution company Sonelgaz, is developing the ground-mounted project, which began construction in April and is due to be completed by year’s end.

While Algeria’s location in North Africa, with rich sunshine resources, makes it ideal for PV development. However, the Sahara Desert covers 85% of the country, with the climate and terrain being relatively complex, Powerway said.

"This means that, from design to construction, the photovoltaic power station is facing great challenges," the company added, saying that its advanced design concepts for the solar mounting system provided "an economic and reliable structure resilient to harsh conditions (wind and sand)."

Powerway CEO Benson Wu said, "It is our honor to participate in the largest ground power station project in Africa and provide solar mounting structures and ground screws. This fully proves the business development ability of Powerway in the global PV market."

Wu added that the project marked an "important milestone in the business globalization of Powerway."