New powerhouse in Utheem after 24 years

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih opening the new powerhouse in Utheem. (Photo / President's Office)

A new powerhouse was officially opened in Ha. Utheem on Tuesday.

The new powerhouse comes after 24 years, bringing an end to years of hardship for residents of the island.

 The powerhouse and other offices were officially inaugurated by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who was accompanied by the CEO of Fenaka Ahmed Saeed and other government officials.

While the old powerhouse in Utheem measured only 130 square feet, the new one has a total of 478.89 square feet. The office buildings measure 158.26 square feet. 

Moreover, the new buildings feature a DEG room, control room, workshop, day tank, and diesel tank. 

Meanwhile, the office buildings include a meeting room, reception area, and other general officies. 

The generator has a capacity of 1,000 kilowatts, a considerable increase from the previous one which only had a capacity of 700 kilowatts. 

It was a great concern of the people that the old powerhouse was close to the residential area, hence it was a great relief that the new one is far from houses. 

A resident who spoke with Sun from Utheem said that the new powerhouse will make it easy for the people. 

The people of the island believe that there would no longer be any loud commotion, and the problems faced due to the low capacity of the old generator would no longer be an issue as well.  

"The new powerhouse has come after a long time. Cannot express how much ease we will gain. Very happy that the old ways have gone into history," said a resident from the island.