Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi, ElectroGas CEO Catherine Halpin and EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic at the Delimara power station
ElectroGas, the consortium running the Delimara power station, has reported a potential breach of its IT system to the cyber crime unit within the Malta Police Force.
It is unclear at this stage whether this breach is related to the massive leak of 650,000 ElectroGas documents to journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and later to The Daphne Project.
“Following a thorough investigation of its internal systems, ElectroGas Malta Limited has become aware of a possible breach to its IT system,” the consortium said. “While all security measures and standard protocols have been followed to address a situation of this nature, the full extent, motivation and specific details of the breach are, as yet, unknown. After consulting its legal advisors on the matter, ElectroGas Malta Limited has filed a report with the Cyber Crime Unit within the Malta Police Force. This is being done in the interest of protecting any confidential information pertaining to the company, its staff, and any suppliers or third parties, which information ElectroGas Malta Limited is, in duty bound, to protect in terms of law.”
The Daphne Project this week published its first story related to the massive data leak, in which energy experts went on record to question the logic behind Malta’s deal with ElectroGas. This is because LNG is not being purchased at source but rather from Azeri state-owned Socar, which is purchasing it from Shell and selling it off to ElectroGas at an estimated annual profit of $40 million.
ElectroGas yesterday responded to the leak by publicly disassociating itself from all aspects of Azerbaijan’s supply of LNG to the Delimara power station.