Enemalta absolves Schembri of wind park project

DOI - Omar Camilleri

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Malta’s energy provider Enemalta said that the PM’s former Chief of Staff Keith Schembri was not involved in its wind park project in Montenegro. Malta’s National Audit Office told Newsbook.com.mt that it’s still mulling over whether to investigate the project after it faced corruption allegations.

A spokesperson for Enemalta told Newsbook.com.mt that the state-owned company categorically denies that there was any kind of corruption in the project.

Recently, the Government explained that thanks to its partnership with Shanghai Electric Power, Enemalta has inaugurated a wind turbine project that cost €90 million in Montenegro. The project recently faced corruption allegations made by Yorgen Fenech who is currently under arrest in connection with Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination.

Asked whether Enemalta feels the need to set up an independent investigation into the project, the spokesperson said that the company did not think that this was necessary. He added that Enemalta would fully cooperate in any investigation the competent authorities were to carry out.

Enemalta refused Newsbook.com.mt’s request to review documents and emails related to the project citing commercial and sensitivity reasons.

While Enemalta told Newsbook.com.mt that Schembri was not involved in the project, on the 18th of November, the Department of Information published a photo showing PM Joseph Muscat at the project’s inauguration. Schembri was Muscat’s Chief of Staff until his recent resignation.

Project faces corruption allegations

The wind park project was mentioned by Yorgen Fenech while he was being questioned by police. Fenech was arrested in connection with Caruana Galizia’s murder. Court proceedings against him have started recently.

Informed sources told Newsbook.com.mt that Fenech told the police that Keith Schembri sent him a message telling him that “I’ll help you if you keep me out of it” (“Tikxifnix u ngħinek”). Alas, Fenech decided to out the corrupt dealings related to Electrogas and even the windfarms which Enemalta has built in Montenegro. 

The National Audit Office (NAO) is still considering whether to investigate the allegations made against Keith Schembri, who is being accused of involvement in corrupt dealings in the Enemalta wind farms project in Montenegro.