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Mauritius has launched the La Tour Koenig 66/22kV substation to enhance reliable power supply in the regions of Pailles, Soreze, Coromadel and La Tour Koenig

On Wednesday, the government of Mauritius issued a press release stating that the Rs212.5 million ($5.9 million) transmission project, has been designed to meet the growing demand in the above-named regions and for the next 20 to 25 years.

The network is future-ready

The La Tour Koenig project has been financed by the public utility, Central Electricity Board (CEB), and is said to bring relief to the St Louis 22kV substation, which will now function as an emergency backup.

“The La Tour Koenig Substation is based on the N-1 model of power supply, whereby system availability is ensured in the event of technical problems through redundancy of supply. The network is future-ready so as to successfully meet the growing electricity demand and minimise the occurrence of major outages,” the release read.

Commenting at the launch, minister of energy and public utilities, Ivan Collendavelloo, highlighted that CEB will in future need to prioritise in investing heavily towards the development of infrastructure and facilities across its whole value chain in order to ensure a reliable, quality, and uninterrupted supply to the nation.

Collendavelloo also stated that government intends to promote renewable energy resources, adding that a 15MW power station is in the pipeline.

[quote]The minister also revealed that a team of Australian experts are carrying out tests in the south of the country so as to determine whether it is possible to produce electricity from wave energy.

La Tour Koenig substation – meets high demand

CEB general manager Gérard Hébrard said that the prime responsibility of the utility is to ensure that a good quality power supply, with a high reliability factor, is provided to all industrial customers.

Hébrard noted that prior to the commissioning of the La Tour Koenig substation; industrial customers were mainly connected to the 22kV distribution feeders from Saint Louis Power Station.

“The latter comprises of not less than nineteen operational 66kV bays and twenty 22kV bays, making it the most congested substation in the national grid.

“Under such configuration, the occurrences of faults and other disturbances having a direct incidence on the quality of supply, were rather on the high side and were not in line with best utility practices,” he said.