Six generators have been brought for the new 50 megawatt powerhouse being developed Hulhumale’.
CEO of Stelco, Ahmed Zuhoor stated that the new 8.9 megawatt generators will be put in operation in July this year. Finland’s Wärtsilä brand generators brought to Hulhumale’ are the same brand currently being used by STELCO in the powerhouses.
“The powerhouse will provide electricity to Hulhumale’ to begin with. But once the high voltage cables have been installed in the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, the powerhouse will also supply electricity to Male’,” Zuhoor said.
He added that the existing powerhouse in Hulhumale’ will continue to supply electricity for six months after the new powerhouse commences operations. The powerhouses will then be combined to provide electricity through the same grid.
Zuhoor stated that Hulhumale’ will most probably require 100 megawatt electricity once the second-phase is complete – adding that powerhouse capacity should be increased in the next five years.
The MVR1.2 billion power project awarded to China’s Dongfang Electric International Corporation is being carried out in three phases. As such, a water desalination facility will be installed in addition to the generation facility and the fuel farm, according to Zuhoor.
“The powerhouse will use the most modern equipment. The system will be fully automatic and the powerhouse will be a state of the art facility,” Zuhoor stated.
According to STELCO, 90 percent of the powerhouse work is now complete.