The Marsa power station chimneys which represented the industrial architecture and a symbol of pollution became part of history when, during a delicate and coordinated operation, Enemalta contractors demolished the two highest structures of the Power Station which is now almost dismantled.
The concrete structures were demolished in two separate operations with specific machinery which weakened the bottom part of the chimneys with the result that these collapsed, turning into dust.
The first demolished chimney was the one built in 1970, with a height of 42 metres, while the other was 81 metres high, built in 1986 and was used until two years ago.
While the operation was on, the surrounding roads were closed to traffic as a precaution and seamen were kept away from the Power Station area in the Grand Harbour. Enemalta Chairman, Engineer Frederick Azzopardi said that plans for the demolishing of the chimneys were prepared together with the contractor months ago.
“It is satisfying that following years of preparation, the high structures which were seen from various parts in Malta, were demolished”, Engineer Azzopardi said.
Energy Minister, Joe Mizzi, said that the demolishing of the chimneys has a historical and political significance as the country no longer uses a power station that pollutes with heavy fuel oil. “The people were eagerly waiting for the end of this polluting power station, and once we were in power in 2013 the process started for its removal once and for all”.
Minister Mizzi added that after the place is cleaned and following necessary studies, discussions will be held on the projects earmarked for the area which, as the Prime Minister pledged, will be of interest to both the Marsa residents and to the whole country.
Comments by Engineer Azzopardi
Engineer Azzopardi said that the power plant which has caused so much pollution is being demolished after a lot of planning with the help of the Civil Protection Department and Transport Malta, with surrounding areas being closed down and all necessary security measures being taken. Engineer Azzopardi said that the last chimney which was still being used had a rather weak structure and its concrete had deteriorated.
During the demolition, contractors followed a meticulous, detailed plan which had been approved by the environment authority and by the authority for health and safety at the workplace. Various precautionary measures were taken to protect the workers involved in this project, as well as other employees who work in the area.
Comment by Energy Minister Joe Mizzi
The Energy Minister Joe Mizzi who was present on site said that the Government is committed to the further development of this area of Marsa to create a better, cleaner and safer environment by means of future consultations.