Enemalta said that following this morning’s power cut, indications established damage at sea in the interconnector cable between Malta and Sicily at around 7.30 am, which caused interruptions in the electricity supply across the island.
It emerged that two of the three conductors and all fibre optic lines were damaged, around 30 kilometres away from Sicily in international waters. At the time of the incident, the interconnector was at full load due to limitations in the capacity of the generating plants in Delimara.
The power supply started being restored at around 10:04 am with the use of emergency turbines, with priority given to particular strategic locations. Indeed, at around 10:19 am electricity supply was restored to Mater Dei Hospital, while the situation was back to normal across the island at around 1.10 pm.
The damage incurred requires several weeks to be repaired. During this period Enemalta will have limited dispatch flexibility which could result in unplanned interruptions to the electricity supply in circumstances that Enemalta will have no control over.
Immediately, Enemalta opened a technical investigation to establish all the facts which led to this situation and apologizes for any inconvenience caused.