India and Maldives plans to build a transmission interconnection

01 Apr 2022

The government of India and the Maldives wants to construct an interconnection for distributing sustainable energy between the two nations.

RK Singh, India's Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy, and Aminath Shauna, Maldives' Minister of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology, met in New Delhi to discuss the renewable energy transfer project proposal.

The Maldives' attempts to reach net-zero emissions by 2030 have also been praised by Singh.

The two ministers also suggested memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for energy cooperation and transmission connectivity as part of the One Sun, One World, One Grid (OSOWOG) project at the meeting.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) on transmission interconnection is being drafted, under which an Indian technical team will visit the Maldives to assess the technical feasibility of the project.

A detailed project report (DPR) will be created later by agencies from the two nations, including an underwater cable route survey and network expansion in Male.

The Indian government announced last month that it plans to develop 10 nuclear power facilities in fleet mode during the next three years.

From the initial pour of concrete, the nuclear power plants will be built over a five-year period (FPC).

The FPC is prepared to take place next year at the 700MW Kaiga nuclear power plant in the Indian state of Karnataka.

It will mark the beginning of nuclear power reactor construction, which will begin with excavation works at the nuclear plant site.

Currently, India has 22 nuclear reactors with a total capacity of more than 6.7 gigawatts.

The government of India sanctioned the construction of 10 units of locally-designed pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs), each with a capacity of 700MW, in 2017.

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