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    Signature(s)

    Amount
    € 100,000,000
    Countries
    Sector(s)
    Malta : € 100,000,000
    Energy : € 100,000,000
    Signature date(s)
    20/12/2010 : € 100,000,000

    Summary sheet

    Release date
    7 July 2010
    Status
    Reference
    Signed | 20/12/2010
    20100248
    Project name
    Promoter - financial intermediary
    Malta-Italy Interconnector (TEN-E)

    Enemalta Corporation

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)
    Total cost (Approximate amount)
    Up to EUR 80 million.
    Up to EUR 160 million.
    Location
    Sector(s)
    Description
    Objectives

    The project concerns the implementation of a HVAC link interconnecting Malta (Maghtab) and Sicily (Ragusa) across the Mediterranean Sea. The proposed project will have a rated capacity of 250 MVA, rated voltage of 220 kV and a total length of circa 116 km, of which 95 km will be undersea. The cable terminal in Maghtab will be connected to the 132 kV Maltese system through a 220/132 kV transformer and a 132 kV underground cable having length of circa 3 km.

    The new link will synchronously interconnect Malta to the European grid and thereby improve diversification and security of supply of the currently isolated Maltese system. The project falls under the TEN-E projects of common interest. Finally, the project will be fully located in convergence regions.

    Environmental aspects
    Procurement

    Being a full undersea/underground link the project does not fall under either Annex I or Annex II of the EIA Directive. Nevertheless, the project was screened-in by the competent authority in Malta and is currently entering into the EIA process. In Italy an EIA will likely be required for the project but the screening opinion is not issued yet. No significant long term impacts are expected to result from the project’s construction and operation. The promoter anticipated that the project will not cross areas of nature conservation importance. The main impacts of the project and the corresponding mitigating measures will be further investigated during appraisal.

    The procurement process is currently being implemented in accordance with the requirements of the EU Directive 2004/17/EC. The entire project will be likely implemented under a single EPC (design, manufacture and install) contract. The procurement process will be investigated during the appraisal.

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