Turkish Cypriot Economy and Energy Minister Sunat Atun announced the route of the new interconnected power line between Turkey and North Cyprus on Monday.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency in an interview, Atun said the power line would be laid between a new transformer station based in Akkuyu in southern Mersin province and the Teknecik transformer station located in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
He also confirmed that the final agreement on the project will be signed in a few months between Turkey and the Northern Cyprus. An energy protocol was signed to build the cable on Oct. 11, 2016 during the World Energy Congress in Istanbul.
The agreement not only includes the construction of the interconnected system but also involves the renewal of electricity infrastructure, development of electricity supply security, mutual cooperation on renewable energy, the application of electricity regulations as well as exploration of new oil and natural gas resources.
"The final agreement will be signed before 2018, and following the agreement construction will start the very next day," Atun said.
The power line's route will differ from that of the water supply project between Turkey and North Cyprus, which was realized a few years ago. This project supplies 30 million cubic meters of water every year.
Source: Yeni Safak