Next phase of Gozo’s electricity supply upgrade starts next week
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The next phase of Enemalta’s €1.6 million project to replace the old 33kV overhead lines that currently supply electricity to Gozo, is about to get underway.
Enemalta said that the project got underway in May and will include the removal of the longest stretch of overhead 33kV lines still in use in Malta, extending all the way from the Mellieha’s residential area down to Ghadira Bay, before taking a steep climb to the Red Tower area of L-Ahrax tal-Mellieha, until they reach the Vendôme Distribution Centre at Armier.
These are being replace by 10 kilometres of new high voltage underground cables, which the company said, will improve the reliability and security of the electricity distribution network supplying Gozo.
Enemalta also said that it will reduce the risk of storm damage and other difficulties associated with the operation, repair and maintenance of overhead lines.
At other parts of Mellieha the trenching works started before summer to lay 10 kilometres of new high voltage underground cables.
The cable laying works will continue next week along parts of the Mellieha Bypass. Enemalta said that vehicular access from Mellieha towards Ghadira and Cirkewwa will not be affected.
The company said that cars driving up from Ghadira towards Mellieha will be diverted to a parallel road, Triq il-Modd, and then back onto Triq Louis Wettinger. Road signs will be posted along the route to guide drivers through this temporary diversion.
During the Santa Marija week in August and during the Mellieha village feast in the beginning of September, the works will be interrupted.
Enemalta said that during these periods, all carriageways of Triq Louis Wettinger (the Mellieha Bypass) will be open to traffic without any closures or diversions.
“The road works are being coordinated under the guidance and authorisation of Transport Malta. This phase of the project will be completed in September,” Enemalta said.
Enemalta thanked the area’s residents and drivers who pass through the area for their cooperation in the implementation of this project. “Any inconvenience is regretted.”