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