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UPDATED: Main chimney at old Delimara plant to start being dismantled in September

 

The beginning of September will see the start of work to dismantle the main chimney at the old Delimara power plant, following unanimous approval by the Resources and Planning Authority this morning of the decommissioning of the power station.

It was stated in a presentation by Enemalta Executive Chairman Frederick Azzopardi that the dismantling of the 150-metre chimney will be carried out by Italian contractors, who were chosen following a public call issued in December. The dismantling of the old Delimara plant will be carried out under certain conditions, in order to avoid adverse environmental repercussions in the area.

The Delimara plant was built in 1992, and had consisted of two boilers run on heavy fuel oil, two steam turbines and a 50-storey concrete chimney carrying pipes for smoke emissions from the oil-fired boilers.

The chimney will start being dismantled from the inside, in the lower part which includes the metal structures, and the outer part will be dismantled in sections, starting from the top. Total dismantling of the plant is expected to take about one year.

In a reaction, Energy and Water Management Minister Joe Mizzi stated that this showed clearly that this Government wanted a policy based on clean energy.  Minister Mizzi asserted that residents of the South, particularly Marsaxlokk and its environs, will breathe a sigh of relief after having suffered for many years not only because of this environmental blot but also as a result of respiratory diseases and airborne particles.

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Għada jiġi deċiż kif se tinħatt iċ-ċumnija l-kbira ta’ Delimara