No con­crete plans yet for Marsa power sta­tion site

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

En­ergy Min­is­ter Joe Mizzi yes­ter­day said that the gov­ern­ment was still eval­u­at­ing op­tions for the Marsa power sta­tion site and that it had not yet de­cided on any spe­cific plans.

“Tech­ni­cal per­sons are cur­rently look­ing at pos­si­ble ways for­ward for the Ene­malta land,” the min­is­ter told this news­pa­per yes­ter­day.

“There are cer­tain ideas and we have held dis­cus­sions with the other share­hold­ers, Shang­hai Elec­tric Power. It seems we are on the same wave­length as con­cerns the devel­op­ment of the area, and the peo­ple of Marsa are also be­ing kept in mind,” the min­is­ter told this news­pa­per.

Mizzi was not will­ing, how­ever, to men­tion any ideas cur­rently on the ta­ble, and would not con­firm whether there will be a park.

He did state, nev­er­the­less, that the area would in­clude an open space: “We will not for­get the peo­ple of Marsa, and we will cre­ate recre­ational areas. We are not only con­sid­er­ing the busi­ness as­pect, but the holis­tic as­pect.”

Asked about de­mo­li­tion works, he said they were on tar­get, and works were ex­pected to be con­cluded by the end of 2017, but they could ac­tu­ally be fin­ished ear­lier.

The min­is­ter be­lieves that the his­toric parts of the old power sta­tion will re­main: “We will wait for the fi­nal re­port to see how we will move for­ward.”

The Marsa power sta­tion was switched off in March 2015 and kept on cold standby un­til early 2017, when it was com­pletely dis­con­nected. The plant is cur­rently be­ing dis­man­tled.

The de­com­mis­sion­ing and dis­man­tling of the sta­tion forms part of Ene­malta’s plan to trans­form the coun­try’s elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion sec­tor by end­ing the use of oil-fired gen­er­a­tors and shift­ing to cleaner tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing gas­fired plants, the Malta-Italy In­ter­con­nec­tor and re­new­able sources.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.