Trans­port Malta and Uni­ver­sity of Malta to col­lab­o­rate on Gozo tun­nel project

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Trans­port Malta (TM) an­nounced yes­ter­day that it has signed an agree­ment with the Uni­ver­sity of Malta for the lat­ter to carry out ge­o­log­i­cal and geo­phys­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions in con­junc­tion with the sub-sea tun­nel be­tween Malta and Gozo. The sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tions will in­clude both desk­top and field stud­ies, pas­sive seis­mic mea­sure­ments, bathy­met­ric map­ping and a seis­mic study.

“The fi­nal re­sults of these in­ves­ti­ga­tions will also in­cor­po­rate the re­sults from the re­cently pub­lished In­ves­tiga­tive Cor­ing ten­der. These re­sults will in turn gen­er­ate a Ter­res­trial Base­line study that will in­clude ge­o­log­i­cal, ge­o­mor­pho­log­i­cal and hy­dro­ge­o­log­i­cal maps. It will also in­clude a dig­i­tal el­e­va­tion model, cross-sec­tional pro­files and hy­dro­log­i­cal mod­els. The Uni­ver­sity of Malta will con­duct a Ma­rine Base­line study that will in­clude a ge­o­log­i­cal model of the to­pog­ra­phy, stratig­ra­phy, struc­ture, ge­o­log­i­cal, geo­phys­i­cal and tec­tonic prop­er­ties of the study area,” TM said.

Uni­ver­sity Rec­tor Prof. Al­fred Vella un­der­lined the im­por­tance that the uni­ver­sity uses its wide range of ex­per­tise to pro­duce stud­ies that can be im­ple­mented for the ben­e­fit of so­ci­ety at large. The agree­ment at­tests to the strat­egy that the uni­ver­sity plays a key role in projects of national im­por­tance such as the sub-sea tun­nel be­tween Malta and Gozo.

TM chair­man, James Pis­copo said: “Trans­port Malta is very pleased to have the Uni­ver­sity of Malta on board for this ex­cit­ing project. We look for­ward to col­lab­o­rat­ing in en­hanc­ing and ex­pand­ing our knowl­edge, whilst gain­ing un­prece­dented in­for­ma­tion that will help us de­liver a project that will be of so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fit not only for Gozo but our coun­try as a whole.”

In ad­di­tion to con­tribut­ing ex­ten­sively to the stud­ies on the fea­si­bil­ity of a Malta-Gozo Tun­nel, TM and the uni­ver­sity are also con­fi­dent that the col­lab­o­ra­tion will provide a broad range of knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for the two en­ti­ties.

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