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Malta touted as distributor for massive Sahara desert solar energy plant

(2017-08-08)One of the most ambitious solar plant projects taking root right in the Sahara desert’s vast resources of sunshine, could power Europe for years.
A Malta-backed project this week filed a permit request to the Tunisian energy ministry to build a 4.5GW capacity solar farm in the southwest of the country, near Rjim Maatoug, following the failure of the €400 billion Desertec initiative due to political instability in the region.

The electricity generated will be destined for Europe, with cables under the sea to Malta, Italy and France.
TuNur chief executive Kevin Sara said that a first 250MW phase, with a connection to Malta, could be running by 2020, for an estimated €1.6 billion investment.

TuNur’s chairman is Joseph Zammit, chairman of the Zammit Group, which is also active in the importation of automobiles, shipping, and oil and gas industries.

TuNur plans to use concentrated solar power technology, which works by reflecting the sun’s rays onto a central tower from an array of mirrors. Using molten salt to store the energy, it will flex generation to meet variable demand. The initial 250MW plant would already be one of the largest thermal solar facilities on earth.

If fully realised, the development would cover 25,000 hectares, nearly three times the area of Manhattan.

Source:malta today
Date:Aug 09,2017