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Work on power grid link progressing

Work to link the divided island’s power grids appears to be progressing, in line with a deal struck between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders on confidence building measures.

Electricity company EAC official Costas Gavrielides said they were working on the two lines, which could act as the links between the grids.

The first was located in Orounta, west of Nicosia, where maintenance has been completed. The other link was in Athalassa, Nicosia. Maintenance work on this line continued and was expected to be finished soon.

The decision to link the two grids was taken in May as part of a series of measures to build confidence between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

The two communities had co-operated in this area twice in the past, in 2006 and most recently in 2011.

This last time was in the wake of naval base explosion in July 2011, which incapacitated the Republic’s biggest power station.

In the aftermath the government sought assistance from Turkish Cypriots as it struggled to deal with rolling power cuts.

They were later disconnected as there was no protection from overloads.

It was the other way round in 2006, when Turkish Cypriots experienced problems with production.

However, on these previous occasions time the grids had been hastily connected. Now, they were being upgraded and would be safer.

Gavrielides said the link could also offer other technical benefits, like increased stability of the system on both sides.

So far, only the two links were on the cards though there was a possibility for a third in the Famagusta area, which could not be done at present due to technical reasons that were not specified.

Gavrielides said the EAC was ready to implement any decision made by the state.


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