Watch: Dalli defends Enemalta staff, “power restored within 40 minutes”

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

During a visit on Sunday morning at Enemalta’s facility, Energy Minister Miriam Dalli thanked the workers for their “efficient and effection action” on Saturday, when most of Malta and Gozo was experiencing a blackout.

Minister Dalli said that within eight minutes, the electricity supply started being normalised, and within 40 minutes all affected localities had their power restored.

She explained how although the system operated by Enemalta gives an assurance of efficiency as much as possible, it is the workers and technicians who react with immediacy.

Enemalta Chief Executive Jason Vella explained that when Enemalta experienced an interruption in the supply from the Sicily station, the country was using some two-thirds of the supply from the interconnector.  

He remarked that “as a result of an automatic precautionary system installed in the distribution network, the electricity system was interrupted in certain areas in order to avoid damage. The gas-powered plants continued to operate. Within eight minutes their generation started to increase and emergency plants were turned on, so that within 40 minutes all Enemalta clients had their electricity supply restored.”