Minister pledges to publish Montenegro windfarm contract

Energy Minister Michael Farrugia has pledged to publish the controversial deal through which Enemalta acquired a Montenegrin windfarm, a deal believed to have led to Daphne Caruana Galizia murder suspect Yorgen Fenech making millions through his secret company 17 Black.

An investigation carried out by Reuters and The Times of Malta revealed that 17 Black – a company linked to offshore structures set up by former minister Konrad Mizzi and former PM Joseph Muscat’s chief of staff Keith Schembri – made a profit of some €4.6 million in a matter of weeks.

On his part, Farrugia has insisted that the state energy company had nothing to hide, and that “only 5% of the whole story” had come out. The deal is being investigated by the police.

PN MP Jason Azzopardi ended up asking three parliamentary questions to Farrugia in which he asked for the contract to be published.

His third attempt bore fruit, though only just, as Farrugia said that he had no problem with publishing the agreement.

“A copy of the same agreement has already been passed on the police as requested, and in the coming days I will also be placing a copy of this document on the table of the House,” the minister maintained.