El Taref (Arabic: الطارف, French: formerly Le Tarf) is a city in Algeria. It is the capital of El Taref Province. El Kala is a port town near El Taref. El Taref is 700 kilometers east of Algiers. In 1998, it had a population of around 20,300. General Electric and Iberdrola are building a power station in El Taref, beginning in mid-2008, a project which will increase Algeria’s energy capacity by 18%.