Additional measures to consolidate security of supply
7-2-2017

Update 1245hrs:

As Enemalta plc has restored supply to all customers following two major electricity supply disruptions earlier on Tuesday, the Company is now working on measures to minimise the risk of similar difficulties.
 
Following the electricity supply disruptions between 0140hrs and 0530hrs on Tuesday morning, at around 0830hrs a second interruption affected supply to customers in several localities in Malta and Gozo. Supply was restored to most customers shortly afterwards, but some areas were reconnected to the grid by 1145hrs, as soon as the necessary capacity at the Delimara Power Station and through the Malta-Italy Interconnector became available.  
 
The two incidents developed after the Malta-Italy Interconnector was abruptly switched off. During this second interruption, electricity generation at the Delimara Power Station was not disrupted and about half of the country’s electricity grid load was maintained, facilitating the restoration of services to other areas. The Company’s electricity generation and distribution departments worked together to gradually restore supply to all customers affected without putting at risk the national electricity infrastructure.
 
In the meantime, Enemalta plc immediately launched an internal inquiry to obtain further details about the incident and identify any measures required to reduce the risk of similar difficulties. Enemalta network engineers have already travelled to Ragusa to conduct the necessary inquiries and to support the engineers of the Italian companies representing Enemalta in Sicily. 
 
As an interim measure, use of the Interconnector is currently being kept to a minimum until the necessary inquiries are concluded. Additional emergency and standby units at the Delimara Power Station are being used to minimise the effects of any other disruptions through the Interconnector.  
The Company would like to thank its employees for immediately responding to this emergency, and for assisting customers affected by the supply interruptions. Whilst regretting any inconvenience caused, Enemalta plc would also like to thank its customers for their cooperation during these emergencies.
 
Enemalta plc is committed to continue investing in the development of a diversified electricity generation mix that consolidates security of supply and reduces the country’s dependency on large single sources of electrical energy. It will also maintain its ongoing network reinforcement investment to develop a reliable electricity network that meets the increasing energy demands of its customers in Malta and Gozo. 
 
 
 
Update 0900hrs:
 
Following the nationwide electricity supply difficulties earlier on Tuesday morning, at around 0830hrs a second disruption was registered, affecting supply to customers in several areas.
 
Electricity supply to the Company’s customers in several parts of the island was disrupted after electricity supply through the Malta-Italy Interconnector was disrupted. Electricity generation at the Delimara Power Station was not disrupted. The Company’s electricity generation and distribution departments are taking all necessary measures to gradually restore supply to all areas affected without putting at risk the national electricity infrastructure.
 
Further updates will be issued shortly. For personal assistance, customers are encouraged to contact the Enemalta Customer Care team on 8007 2224.
 
Enemalta regrets any inconvenience caused.