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    Cold snap increasing energy demands on both sides of the island

    January 19, 2022 - Gina Agapiou


      Increased energy demand and production was recorded across the island due to the current cold snap, the transmission system operator said on Wednesday.

      According to the data, energy production on Tuesday afternoon reached 955mw, of which 110mw came from wind farms, CTSO deputy spokesman Rogiros Tapakis told the Cyprus News Agency.

      But demand is expected to peak on Wednesday, Tapakis said, citing the drop in temperatures. He added that production from wind farms is also expected to decrease.

      Meanwhile, the spokeswoman of the electricity authority EAC, Christina Papadopoulou told the news agency there has been no damage or overloading of the network in recent days.

      She also urged all consumers to follow the energy saving tips regarding thermal insulation and indoor heating.

      Meanwhile, the drop is also affecting areas in the north, where power outages continue after the damage to the generators of the power plant.

      According to CNA sources, the government-controlled areas will continue to supply electricity to the north until February, despite initial plans providing for the supply to be discontinued on January 12.

      The hours of electricity transmission remain during the peak hours of 4.30 to 9.30pm, with an increase in electricity supply from 35 to 60mw by the end of January.

      The Turkish Cypriot side had submitted a request for electricity transmission form the republic on December 23, 2021 when a damage to the generators of the power plant was recorded, resulting in periodic power outages which have not yet been addressed.

      According to the head of Kib Tek Gurcan Erdogan, who was quoted in Kibris on Tuesday, the Turkish Cypriot electricity ‘authority’ is experiencing power outages due to the inadequate cables and the risk of overloading the troubled grid.

      The last investment in power grid was in 2017 with just 20mw unit with the aim to meet the energy demand of Kioneli, Erdogan said, reiterating that the grid was insufficient to meet the growing demand in the north.

      Other sources within the industry quoted in Kibris also said power outages will continue and highlighted the need of power transmission from Turkey.


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