State Electric Company Limited (STELCO) has announced that the electricity grid constructed as part of the Greater Male’ Interconnection Project would go live on Friday, and that the temporary generators now in use in Male’ City will be turned off.
STELCO currently utilises four temporary generators in its headquarters in the Galolhu district, which has received multiple complaints from people living nearby about various concerns caused by the generators.
However, STELCO has consistently asserted that the generators are being utilised temporarily to avoid power outages in Male’ City while the Greater Male’ Interconnection Project is underway. The Utility Regulatory Authority also stated that the difficulties caused by generators would be solved with the implementation of the Male’-Hulhumale power grid.
STELCO told a local news outlet that all physical work on the project has been finished, following the connection of the cables installed in Male’ near the Sinamale’ Bridge, and that the power grid would go live on Friday. The connecting wires built beneath the Sinamale’ Bridge, according to STELCO, can carry 100MW of power.
STELCO stated that interconnecting the power grids would ensure that any difficulties faced with an individual region’s power grid could be addressed through an interconnected power grid.
Furthermore, the government is currently attempting to establish a 150MW power station in Thilafushi to meet the electricity needs of the Greater Male’ area.
The Greater Male Interconnection Project was made possible by a financing from the Exim Bank of China. The project’s goal is to offer uninterrupted electrical delivery throughout the Greater Male’ Region on a long-term basis.