MEH – Delimara-Gela Gas Pipeline – Malta - Project Profile

MEH – Delimara-Gela Gas Pipeline – Malta - Project Profile


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Maltese Ministry for Energy and Health (MEH) is undertaking plans to build pipeline from Delimara in Malta to Gela in Sicily, Italy.

The project involves the construction of a 159km pipeline, 55.88cm diameter. It includes the construction of pumping stations, interconnections, metering stations, gas storage tanks, control rooms, and related infrastructure facilities, the laying of gas pipelines and the installation of machinery and equipment.

In view of the Government of Malta intention to implement a connection to the trans-European Natural Gas Network to deliver Natural Gas (NG) to the island, an open call for tenders was issued in 2012 and a contract was awarded to Asprofos S A, in September 2013 for the preparation of a comprehensive feasibility study and cost- benefit analysis for connecting Malta to the European Gas Network.

The study resulted that the two scenarios which stand out from the rest are the following:
– Pipeline: Sicily (Gela) - Malta (Delimara, DPS)
– Pipeline: Sicily (Pozzallo) - Malta (Delimara, DPS)

Of the above two options, the one linking Malta to Gela would seem to be preferable due to the existence of the required transmission infrastructure on the shoreline.

An application for EU funding under the Trans-European Energy Networks programme for the execution of this study was submitted in 2012. This proposal was successfully and a 50% co-financed grant of a maximum amount US$138,252 was awarded in November 2013.

The study highlighted that further investigation is required in order for all existing and planned infrastructure to be identified.

A CEF application for the route identification study was submitted by the Ministry for Energy and Health in April 2015.

The ministry recently awarded a contract to Tractabel Engineering S.p.A to conduct further studies on the planned pipeline in November 2015. The scope of this study is to identify the optimal 1.2km wide route corridor and terminal points in Gela and at Delimara including the conceptual design of the infrastructure and the preparation of the necessary documentation for the commencement of the permit-granting procedures, both in Malta and Italy.

MEH appointed Equinox Advisory Ltd as financial advisor.

On May 29, 2017, The government of Malta and Sicily signed a letter of intent for the project.

MEH is expected to file planning permits by the third quarter of 2017 and commence environmental impact studies.

Transmission operator is expected to be appointed by the third quarter of 2017. Construction works are expected to take seven years for completion.

Stakeholder Information:
Planning Authority: Government of Malta and Government of Italy
Pre-feasibility Study: Asprofos S.A
Feasibility Study: Tractebel S.p.A
Financial Advisor: Equinox Advisory LtdScope

The project involves the construction of a 159km, 55.88cm diameter natural gas pipeline from Delimara, Malta to Gela in Italy.

The US$357 million project involves the following:

1. Construction of storage tanks

2. Construction of pumping stations

3. Construction of metering units

4. Construction of vacuum chambers

5. Construction of compressor units

6. Construction of compression stations

7. Installation of valves

8. Laying of pipelines

9. Construction of related infrastructure

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