Enemalta adopts blackout policy
While Enemalta chairman Tancred Tabone has denied that the company is
adopting a blackout policy to stave off electricity overloads caused
by increased demand, irate residents are being told by Enemalta staff
that power cuts are being applied on a roster basis.
Speaking to our sister newspaper MaltaToday last Sunday, Mr Tabone denied
the company was adopting a blackout policy, reiterating that the energy
company had enough capacity to cater for the electricity demands of
the Maltese Islands.
He told MaltaToday that the company had no "procedures or plans
for blackouts", insisting that "blackouts are just a case
of strong power surges."
However residents, predominantly from the north of the island, have
contacted The Malta Financial and Business Times to voice their anger
at what they claim is a policy to suspend electricity in different parts
of the country to avoid power overloads.
One resident from Burmarrad was last week told that electricity would
be restored to her area within 10 minutes and that at the same time
electricity would be suspended in Iklin. "We are switching off
different areas to avoid overloads," the resident was told by an
Enemalta employee over the phone.
The Enemalta web site describes the daily electricity demand for the
Maltese Islands as typical of the Mediterranean area with the peak demand
in summer occurring during the morning. The web site states that this
is predominantly caused by increased demands from the commercial and
Keeping in line with this profile the Enemalta web site also lists a
number of streets and localities that will experience electricity suspension
during the morning.
Yesterday electricity was suspended between 8.00am and 12.00pm in various
streets in Swieqi and Gzira. According to the Enemalta web site, electricity
will be suspended in parts of Madliena, Siggiewi, Rabat and Benghajsa
this morning. Some Gzira streets will again experience power cuts tomorrow
With the exception of Benghajsa all announced localities are situated
in the north-eastern part of the island. Last week Enemalta said that
the north and Gozo alone accounted for an increase in energy demand
of 12 per cent.
The Delimara power station has a generation capacity of 304MW while
the older Marsa power station has a generation capacity of 267 MW. With
the temperature mercury hitting a high, air conditioners are leaving
their toll on the electricity grid. The country is not producing enough
energy to cater for the changing demands, it seems and the repeated
blackouts have left residents and businessmen fuming at the situation
reminiscent of the 1980s.