Grand Harbour quays equipped with electrical system which will reduce pollution
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Report: Nigel Mifsud
The quays at the Grand Harbour are being equipped with an electrical system that can be used by passenger and cargo ships for mooring. This system is intended for ships to start switching off their gas or heavy fuel oil engines, two major sources of air pollution. As a result of this € 50 million project, the environment and the health of the people living in the area will be protected because pollution will be reduced and air quality will be improved for the families living in the area.
More than 8 kilometres of electrical cables have been laid underground in the area of the Grand Harbour aimed at improving air quality in this area which is one of the most polluted areas as a result of fumes emitted by ships.
The project contractors are digging trenches in various places along the shore of the port to lay the electricity cables from the Enemalta distribution centre in Marsa, to the piers in Floriana, Marsa and Senglea.
The first part of this system, which is expected to be completed soon, will deliver electricity from the distribution centre to Għassara tal-Għeneb Wharf, where Infrastructure Malta will build one of the stations that change the frequency of electricity.
The second connection will go down to the Menqa and Church Wharf in Marsa. From here, the cables go underwater and cross to Coal Wharf in Kordin, where they continue underground in the direction of Boiler Wharf, in Senglea.
Thus, the system will reach the five main wharfs used by passenger ships when visiting Malta. At each pier, Infrastructure Malta is building plants for electrical equipment.
Capital Projects Minister Ian Borg said the project was being carried out with an investment of almost € 50 million, and is expected to reduce ship air pollution by more than 90% allowing for more than 17,000 families living in these areas access to better air quality.
Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said that this project, which is being co-financed by European funds, not only helps to achieve Malta’s environmental goals but complements the European Union’s policy on climate change and environmental protection.