Malta-Ital Interconnector interrupted due to severe weather in Sicily
The Malta-Italy Interconnector was interrupted without notice due to severe weather conditions in Sicily.
Electricity supply through the Interconnector was interrupted at 0106hrs yesterday by the Italian network operator when parts of the electricity grid in Sicily, including the link to the Interconnector at Ragusa, were shed to protect the Italian outdoor high voltage network infrastructure from storm damage.
At the time, electricity supply to customers in Malta was being provided through the Interconnector and the Delimara 1 plant at Marsaxlokk.
The automatic protection systems immediately shed parts of the network in Malta to avoid a nationwide blackout.
Soon after, the Delimara Power Station engineers and operators started increasing local generation to restore the required electricity supply. All customers were reconnected to the grid by 0339hrs.
In the meantime, as soon as the Italian authorities gave Enemalta the go-ahead to re-use the Interconnector, it was once again synchronised to the Maltese grid so that electricity import could resume. ■
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