EU Funding 

Electricity interconnection

The EU through the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR) is part financing to the amount of €20 million the manufacture and supply of one high voltage submarine cable which is to be laid between Malta and Sicily, and which will form part of the interconnection between the Maltese and European electricity networks. A very long part (95km) of the interconnector route shall be sub-sea making this one of the longest high voltage alternating current (HVAC) submarine cables in the world, operating at 220kV and capable of transmitting more than 200MW.
 
The cable shall be three-phase and shall incorporate fibre-optic cores for communication and other purposes. This project is estimated to cost approximately €200 million and shall include a terminal station at Maghtab, land cables in Sicily, together with other infrastructure such as tunnels and cables to connect to the high-voltage distribution network in Malta, and switchgear and other equipment to connect to the Italian grid at Ragusa. The interconnector is expected to be in service before the end of 2013.
 
Small Isolated Islands Initiative
 
The EU through the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR) is part financing to the amount of €5 million the equipping of a new 132kV distribution centre (DC) at Kappara. It will include the turnkey procurement and commissioning of 132kV and 33kV switchgear, 132/33kV transformers, 33kV shunt reactors and associated control and protection equipment. Kappara DC is an integral part of the project to extend the 132kV network in order to integrate the Malta – Italy interconnector which is expected to be in operation by the end of 2013, and the planned offshore wind farms to the distribution network.
 
This project also comprises the extension of the 132kV high voltage network from the distribution centres at Marsa South and Mosta to Kappara. This will enable the efficient and effective distribution of electricity imported from the interconnector to the load centres throughout Malta, and also allow the optimisation of local generation vis-à-vis electricity import. The new DC will also provide a strong supply point for the high growth Sliema region. It will also be the main distribution hub through which the large (circa 100MW) offshore wind farm at Sikka l-Bajda will connect to the distribution network and thus it will facilitate the exploitation of renewable energy in Malta in accordance with the objectives of the government.
 
  EU Funding