Established in May, AEC is jointly-owned by national energy company Sonatrachand state power company Sonelgaz. Five international developers submitted technical bids for the construction of two plants, one of which will provide 1,200 MW for export to Spain. Italian electrical services company CESIhas been commissioned to study the feasibility of the export plan. AEC is waiting for the results of the study before inviting commercial bids for the 1,200-MW plant, which will be built at Skikda, and for a second 800-MW plant at Arzew, which will produce power for the domestic market (MEED 12:10:01).

AEC’s future plans include the construction of a submarine cable to Italy, which would carry up to 1,000 MW via an interconnecting link to either Sardinia, Sicily or Tunisia. Other plans include the development of a 15,000-kilometre optical fibre system based on existing electricity networks.