MEPA TO ISSUE PENALTIES
MEPA to issue penalties to Enemalta for Marsa Power Station
The Marsa Power Station is subject to the limited lifetime derogation under Article 4 (4) of Directive 2001/80/EC. This derogation allowed four generating plants at the Marsa Power Station to operate at higher emission limits than those allowed by the Large Combustion Plants Directive for a limited period of time – 20,000 hours starting from 1 January 2008.
Recent data indicates that three of the four energy-generating plants at the Marsa Power Station have exceeded their allocated 20,000 hours. At a Board meeting held yesterday the Malta Environment and Planning Authority decided that it will apply penalties on Enemalta for this infringement.
The calculation of the penalties will be based on a method which enables the seriousness and duration of the offence to be taken into account in the calculation of such penalties. The exact amounts of the penalties will be determined in the coming weeks.
The Board also noted that the coming into operation of the Delimara Power Station Extension by June 2012 is expected to result in half of the Marsa Power Station being taken out of service, while the output from the remaining two plants of the Marsa Power Station is expected to be progressively reduced prior to being fully taken out of service when the submarine Interconnector, which will connect Malta to the European electricity network, comes into operation. The environmental planning statement for the Interconnector project has just been issued for public consultation.