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Damaged Interconnector To Be Fixed By End Of March, Says Energy Minister

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Malta’s electricity interconnector will be repaired by the end of the third week of March, Energy Minister Michael Farrugia announced today.

The interconnector was damaged by a ship’s anchor on 23rd December causing a nationwide blackout.

The repairs will cost approximately €11 million which should be covered by Enemalta’s insurers.

Farrugia said Enemalta had contracted Nexans Norway to carry out the repairs, the same company that manufactured the interconnector and carried out the survey damage.

The minister praised his government for having invested in other energy provisions to ensure the country can meet its energy demands in such cases.

He added that Malta’s energy demands had increased by 20% in four years and the government was now looking at increasing the country’s energy mix with a special focus on renewable energy.

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