Renewable energy-powered micro-grid seawater desalination plants established across five islands in the Maldives with Chinese grant aid have been handed over to the Maldives government.

The Chinese grant aid project, at a total cost of MVR 199 million and initiated during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Maldives in 2022, established one plant per island across the country as follows;

Atoll (Abbreviation)Island
Raa (R)Alifushi
Haa Aflifu (HA)
Lhaviyani (Lh)
Kaafu (K)
Gaafu Alifu (GA)Dhaandhoo

Each plant can produce 200 tonnes of water per day, utilising power harnessed from their 200 kW solar panels. In addition, the plant at K. Kaashidhoo also features a 100 kW wind turbine.

Minister of Construction and Infrastructure Abdulla Muththalib signed the document, accepting the desalination plants, on behalf of the Maldives, at a ceremony held on Wednesday. Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives Wang Lixin signed on behalf of the Chinese government.