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Plans to create joint power network in North Africa

Image of power lines [Paulnasca/Wikipedia]

Moroccan yesterday hosted a two-day workshop to discuss the establishment of a joint electricity network for North African countries including representatives from the Maghreb region and Egypt.

Economic Affairs Officer at the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) Reda El Merini said: “The meeting aims to determine the current status of the electricity grid in North Africa, to get a clear vision ahead of implementing any regional networks to transfer power.”

The size of trade in the field of electric power is very weak between North African countries and does not exceed five per cent of the volume of production annually.

The North African countries vary in the production and diversification of electric power sources, but Libya is considered the weakest due to the unrest it has witnessed since the ousted of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

It is hoped that if a regional power grid is established, it would be possible to link Africa to Europe through Morocco and to Asia through Egypt.

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