Tunisia still in running for Desertec role despite turmoil

Tunisia remains a leading candidate to host one of the first renewables projects built by the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII), despite the North African country’s recent revolution.

DII chief executive Paul van Son recently met with four senior figures in Tunisia’s interim government, and the consortium – whose founding members include Siemens, E.ON , RWE and ABB – says it intends to open a Tunisian office shortly.

Before the “Jasmine Revolution”, which led to Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fleeing to Saudi Arabia in January after nearly 25 years in power, DII had partnered with Tunisia’s state-owned energy utility to map the country’s wind and solar resources.

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