The Ministry for Energy has advised that the Italian Environment ministry has issued a permit for the interconnector between Malta and Sicily. The permit was issued after complications had arisen given that the interconnector was to pass through territory which belonged to an Italian firm for oil exploration. The problems had been sorted out in the past days and government today announced the formal issue of the permit. Government said that this information had not been made public by the previous administration.
Alterations to the route of the interconnector were made to solve the issues that arose. Government thanked the Italian authorities for their collaboration.
The permit was issued on the 28 March and includes in it the interconnector connection to Marina di Ragusa and the laying of cables for 20km under the roadways which lead to Terna Substation in Ragusa.
Some conditions inherent in the permit have to be fulfilled prior t the commencement of works and Enemalta will be handling these matters, government said, by next May. The permit also refers to a planning gain of