The State Electric Company (STELCO) today begun using the first of two new generators designed to alleviate a shortfall in the country’s energy needs after a successful test was completed on the unit, according to local media.
A STELCO official told Haveeru that the first 8.9 Megawatt generator had now been connected to the country’s power generation system, with testing on a second identical unit expected to begin soon.
The company back in April announced it was having to enforce scheduled power cuts to offset a shortage estimated at the time of 2.5 megawatts of energy.
The two new generators were initially set to be implemented as part of the fourth power project back in December last year. This date was later pushed back to May 2012.
Once installed, the two new unit will complement the company’s existing 17 generators operated by STELCO.
STELCO is a state company that provides electricity to 50 percent of the population.