In a ceremony to be held on the Aegean island of Syros on Monday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will officially inaugurate a new link connecting four of the Cyclades islands with the power grid on the mainland, in a move that will greatly reduce the cost and environmental impact of power supply to Greek islands.
More than 82 pct of the power used by islands that are not on the mainland grid in 2017 was generated by expensive and highly polluting oil-fuelled power stations.
In the first phase, the islands to be linked up are Syros, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos. The project will cost 245 million euros and is expected to reduce the cost of supplying power to the islands by 80 million euros a year. Later phases to be concluded in 2019 will see an upgrade of the links to Naxos, Andros and Tinos, while a second cable to Syros will be laid in 2020, as well as a first, ‘small’ connection to Chania, Crete via the Peloponnese.
The connection to the mainland grid has been operating on a pilot basis since the start of the year. In addition to Tsipras, the ceremony will also be attended by Environment and Energy Minister George Stathakis and the managements of the Public Power Corporation (PPC), the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) and Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A (DEDDHE).