De­li­mara 1 to be de­com­mis­sioned on Fri­day

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

De­li­mara 1 will no longer be on standby as of Fri­day, and will be de­com­mis­sioned prior to be­ing dis­man­tled, Ene­malta chair­man Fred­er­ick Az­zopardi told The Malta In­de­pen­dent yes­ter­day while En­ergy Min­is­ter Joe Mizzi vis­ited the cor­po­ra­tion’s of­fices in Marsa.

This, both he and the min­is­ter said, meant that Malta will no longer have the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing oil for en­ergy gen­er­a­tion.

Min­is­ter Joe Mizzi, ad­dress­ing Ene­malta em­ploy­ees, said that Malta does have an en­ergy dis­tri­bu­tion prob­lem, but stressed that work had been done to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion, and that more work would oc­cur in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of new sub­sta­tions and the ex­pan­sion of the cur­rent dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres.

The min­is­ter said that the time taken to ser­vice is­sues in the grid had de­creased by 60% since 2013.

Last April, the chim­ney of the power sta­tion was switched off and that was the last day Malta used Heavy Fuel Oil for elec­tric­ity. It has since re­mained on cold standby.

The end of oil use as been touted by the Labour gov­ern­ment as an im­prove­ment to air qual­ity and the health of res­i­dents liv­ing in sur­round­ing areas.

The min­is­ter also spoke about smart me­tres, and said that there are a num­ber of peo­ple who still have the old me­tres.

He said that there are tech­ni­cal prob­lems, in­clud­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sub­sta­tion im­prove­ment re­quire­ments. These are be­ing han­dled by en­gi­neers. He said that while this is on­go­ing, the gov­ern­ment was en­sur­ing that those who did not change their me­tres, would face a de­ter­rent for do­ing so.

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