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More Generators from Greece To Boost Flagging Power Supply

electricity supply cyprusA second shipment of generators to boost the island's flagging electricity supply has arrived at Limassol port and is set to be in action by August 15th.

Normally, demand for electricity during July and August rises to 1,100 megawatts, but after the explosion at Mari naval base which badly damaged Vasiliko power station, there is only a 730-megawatt capacity. There are daily electricity cuts of 2.5 hours and the electricity supply is not stable, even with help from the Turkish-Cypriot electricity grid, which is also suffering faults from increased demand.

As a heatwave sets in, the meteorolgical authority said it expects temperatures of up to 40 degrees centigrade and an increased demand for electricity and water. Most areas are going through power cuts, except for hospitals, tourist areas and industrial zones.

Some relief is coming from the Greek Public Power Corporation (ΔΕΗ), which offered its assistance and 40 containers arrived at Limassol port on Saturday. They will be taken to Vasiliko power station and installed there. Three other shipments are on their way, with the last one expected on Wednesday.

Once installed, the equipment from Greece will generate 70 MW.

The European Commission is co-financing 50% of the transportation costs of €1 million. The European Union sent an EU Civil Protection Team to Cyprus immediately after the disaster of July 11th.

The team, led by Alois Hirshmugl, is currently made up of 15 experts from 8 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland and the United Kingdom) and includes a liaison officer from the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) in the European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO). The experts are deployed on site at Vasiliko to assist the Cypriot authorities in assessing the situation and to provide technical expertise in the areas of damage assessment and restoration, health safety and structural engineering.

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