The Maltese Energy and Water Agency was approved for the grant earlier this year and is now poised to commence a technical study into LNG bunkering next month. The study aims to provide a framework for the government's plans to create up a national LNG fuelling policy.
The funding was delivered under the Connecting Europe Facility programme, as part of a €40 million Europe-wide initiative, Belgian life-cycle consultancy Tractebel Engineering will lead the study, after winning a public call for tenders, with the EWA and Transport Malta to collaborate on project delivery.
Tractebel Engineering is a subsidiary of global power and infrastructure firm GDF Suez Group.
Research to identify optimal offshore solutions
An initial phase of research will seek to identify optimal offshore and outside port infrastructure solutions as well as key locations for potential LNG stations and storage.
Analysis will also cover future market demand, attractiveness, economic, environmental, geographical, safety and risk aspects as well as possible synergies with the planned Malta-Italy gas pipeline interconnector.
Malta is already home to the Delimara Malta LNG Terminal floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) regasification terminal. The novel hybrid FLNG supplies natural gas to the 200 megawatt Delimara power plant, which has been converted from oil to natural gas operation in January 2017
Tender launched for Malta-Italy interconnector
The proposed pipeline interconnector is likely to give a significant boost to gas use on the island when it connects to the mainland grid.
The EWA recently released a call for tenders for advisory Services in relation to a Preliminary Marine Route Survey.
The tender calls for Management consulting firms to submit bids for work to examine permitting procedures, FEED and EPC Tender Review for the Malta-Italy Gas Pipeline Interconnection. The deadline for bids has been set as 14 November.