As a crucial move to improve electrical infrastructure safety and reliability, the Republic of Maldives has officially published its Electrical Installation Standards. The purpose of these standards is to establish a set of technical requirements and guidelines for the design and installation of electrical assets and equipment across the nation.
Issued by the Utility Regulation Authority (URA) under its authority as prescribed in section 33 of Law No. 26/2020 (Utility Authority Act), these Electrical Installation Standards signify a major step forward in regulating and enhancing the electrical landscape of the Maldives.
Key Highlights of the Electrical Installation Standards:
Comprehensive Coverage: The Electrical Installation Standards encompass a wide array of electrical installations, including LV (Low Voltage), MV (Medium Voltage), and HV (High Voltage) systems. The scope includes standards for installations in outdoor and public areas, private areas, generating stations, as well as inspection and verification processes.
Regulatory Authority: The URA is vested with the authority to enforce these standards, making it the ultimate regulatory body responsible for ensuring compliance. Any deviations from these standards in design or installation will necessitate a thorough review and approval by the URA.
Safety and Quality Assurance: These standards prioritize safety and quality, aiming to reduce the risk of electrical accidents and improve the longevity and efficiency of electrical systems. They provide guidelines for proper grounding, protective measures, and efficient energy use.
Transparency and Accountability: The publication of these standards establishes a transparent framework for all stakeholders, including contractors, electricians, and property owners. This clarity promotes accountability and facilitates a culture of compliance.