Cyprus authorities have requested assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism to assess and help repair extensive damage to the 641.5 MW Vasilikos power station, the island’s largest power plant, caused by a munitions blast on Monday.

The European Union has undertaken to send a team of experts to assist in restoring energy production at the stricken plant. A liaison officer from the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the European Commission has arrived to prepare for the team’s arrival.

Cyrpus’s electricity authority (EAC) and the power regulator have introduced power supply rationing to prevent overburdening of the Dhekelia station and the recently decommissioned Moni power plant, which has been brought back online.

The regulator has also requisitioned all independent generators connected to the EAC grid, ordering them to continue production, even beyond peak capacity.

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