The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology has signed a contract with INSTEC Import and Export Company Limited, a China-based organization, to set up solar-powered ice plants on four islands in the country.
The construction of the solar-powered ice plants is underway in Noonu atoll Landhoo, as well as in Buruni, Madifushi, and Vilufushi, located in Thaa atoll.
The signing ceremony saw the participation of key figures, including Minister of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology, Aminath Shauna, Minister of Fisheries, Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan, as well as council members representing the four islands involved in the project.
This initiative aligns with the government's broader objective of achieving the carbon Net-Zero 2023 goal. It is an integral part of their comprehensive efforts to reduce carbon emissions and transition to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.
- To establish an ice plant in Landhoo, Madifushi, and Vilufushi, with a capacity of 15 tonnes and cold storage facilities capable of holding up to 30 tonnes of ice
- To establish an ice plant in Buruni with a capacity of five tonnes accompanied by a storage facility capable of holding up to 15 tonnes of ice
- The project is expected to be completed within eight months
- The allocated state budget for the project amounts to MVR 27 million
The establishment of these ice plants aims to ensure convenient access to essential services for fishermen throughout the Maldives, irrespective of their location.
Last month, the Ministry enlisted the services of a Chinese company to establish solar-powered ice plants on four islands, reflecting the government's commitment to sustainable solutions and cater to the unique requirements of these islands.