STEG projects peak electricity consumption of 4,200 megawatts in summer 2018
The Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) is projecting a peak of 4200 megawatts in the summer of 2018, compared to a consumption of 4,025 megawatts recorded during the summer of 2017.
According to the information collected by TAP, the peak demand remains difficult to circumscribe in the absence of forecasts concerning customers’ behavior in the use of air-conditioning equipment, which currently accounts for one-third of the installed capacity of 1,200 megawatts.
During the summer of 2017, STEG resorted to load shedding (power cut to regulate demand) in several regions of the country in order to ease the pressure on the grid.
In order to cope with the peak consumption planned for the summer of 2018, STEG has set up a global maintenance programme for stations and equipment to meet the demand up by 6% per year, i.e. the equivalent of the installation of an additional production capacity of 170 megawatts per year.