Ge­o­log­i­cal tests be­ing car­ried out on land ‘owned by the Sadeen group’ in Żon­qor

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Ge­o­log­i­cal tests are cur­rently be­ing car­ried out in Żon­qor Point in Marsas­cala, this news­pa­per has learnt.

The Malta In­de­pen­dent is in­formed that the core drilling tests are be­ing car­ried out on land owned by the Sadeen group but which is still be­ing used for agri­cul­tural pur­poses.

The Sadeen group will, in the com­ing months, start con­struc­tion on the larger cam­pus of the con­tro­ver­sial Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Malta.

PN councillor and Front Ħar­sien ODZ mem­ber Char­lot Cas­sar up­loaded the above pic­ture to Face­book yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. He said the lo­cal coun­cil was not told why the tests were be­ing car­ried out or whether th­ese “core cut­ting” tests were cov­ered by a per­mit.

Orig­i­nally planned as a 90,000-square me­ter cam­pus in Marsas­cala, en­tirely on ODZ land, the AUM project was sub­se­quently scaled down and split be­tween Żon­qor and Dock 1 in Cospicua.

Un­der the new plans, the size of the Żon­qor cam­pus has gone down to 31,000 square me­ters – 18,000 square me­tres of ODZ land will be taken up for the project.

Works at Dock 1 site are mov­ing fast but the ‘drilling’ tests at Żon­qor are the first sign of works in that area.

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