Potential for power cuts across Male’ today as STELCO test new generator

The State Electricity Company (STELCO) has announced that there may be power cuts in Male’ between 3:00PM and 5:00 PM today as it tests one of its two new generators, reports Haveeru.

“We have notified customers that there would be a possibility of power failure as the performance of the new generators is being tested today. We have estimated that the process would take approximately two hours,” a STELCO official told Haveeru.

The official added that the second generator will undergo similar testing soon, with both devices scheduled to be up and running by June 5.

It is anticipated that the installation of these two generators, said to cost Rf547 million (US$36million), will end the regular power cuts experienced in the capital Male’. The frequency of these cuts has obliged the company to provide an update service on its website, informing its customers when and where their districts will be without power.

The current grid is capable of providing 36MW, whilst the city requires 39MW. The two new generators will provide an additional 8MW each.