On Monday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will be traveling to Syros, to inaugurate the Cyclades Islands Interconnection project. Up to this day, power stations running with oil produced more than 82% of the electricity on the non-interconnected islands, and thus consumers were burdened with the high production cost and the environment was damaged due to pollutants. The situation in Cyclades will start changing this year, as the first phase of the islands’ interconnection with the mainland system will be officially inaugurated on Monday, reducing the cost of the power supply to the islands by 80 million euros per year.

Phase A comprises the islands of Syros, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos. Phase B, which comprises the interconnection of Naxos and the upgrade of the interconnections with Andros and Tinos, is expected to be completed in 2019, while the third phase is planned for 2020 and will comprise the setting of a second cable interconnecting Lavrion with Syros island.

 

Translation: Eleni Gogou