Algerian Energy Minister, Noureddine Boutarfa, and his visiting Malian counterpart Malick Alhousseini on Monday agreed to boost bilateral energy cooperation, as an Algerian operator are due to build two large power plants in Northern Mali.
The meeting between Bouterfa and Alhousseini is recommended by the energy cooperation agreement signed by the two neighboring nations in November 2016 in Bamako.
After the meeting, Boutarfa told reporters that that Algeria was present in Mali through several actions, including in the energy sector.
He further added that Algeria is ready to help Mali build and voltaic and wind energy plants, and the development of electrification networks.
In this regard, Alhousseini said his meeting with Boutarfa aimed at identifying mechanisms for the achievement Malian energy program for supplying remote areas, including northern regions, with electricity by 2020.
Later in the day the Algerian private group of Amimer Energy and the Energy Company of Mali (EDM) signed a contract worth 70 million US dollars to build two power plants with a capacity of 40 MW.
The Malian minister further specified these project aims at augmenting Mali’s power coverage which is currently standing around 36 percent. Enditem