The fourth stage of a grid interconnection linking the Cyclades with the mainland is set to continue following the completion of a tender for the installation of a substation on Santorini.
Power grid operator IPTO yesterday announced the preferred bidder for cables to be installed between Santorini and Naxos.
A new substation for the interconnection linking the southwest Cyclades of Santorini, Folegandros, Milos and Serifos is scheduled for autumn.
New tenders for cables and substations concerning Folegandros, Milos and Serifos will be announced in autumn, officials noted.
The schedule for the southwest Cyclades’ entry into the country’s high-voltage system remains unchanged at 2024.
Besides the four aforementioned islands, six other islands in the wider region, Anafi, Kimolos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Kythnos and Thirasia, will also get to benefit from stable, lower-cost and eco-friendly electricity supply through medium-voltage links being developed, or to be developed, with other islands.
The wider investment plan’s completion will bring to an end the need for high-polluting and high-cost units being used for localized generation on islands.
The completion of the Cyclades grid interconnection is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 100,000 tons in the first year, alone, while public service compensation costs included as surcharges in electricity bills to subsidize higher-cost generation on islands will be reduced by approximately 90 million euros, annually. Also RES capacity in the Cyclades will increase to 332 MW.