Malta relies on Sicily for electricity because it is cheaper – Reuters

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Malta’s own power stations have enough capacity to meet demand, but Enemalta usually relies on most of its supply from Sicily because it is cheaper, reported Reuters.

International news agency Reuters reported the national power cut which Malta suffered today.

It added that turning on power generators when the undersea cable fails takes several hours.

State-owned energy provider Enemalta confirmed that there was no power anywhere on Malta and said a problem with a cable supplying power from Sicily to Malta appeared to be the cause.

Power was lost shortly after 8.00 am and began being restored in parts of the island shortly after 11am.

Another recent power outage, on 26th November was also caused by a fault in the Sicily-to-Malta undersea cable, as the revelations on the conspiracy to murder investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia gathered momentum