Malta’s Ministry for Energy and the Conservation of Water, together with Enemalta, the state utility, will be issuing a request for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) next week.

On 11 April 2013, interested parties will be invited to register EoI for a long-term PPA, as well as a gas supply agreement, which will govern the supply of both electricity and natural gas to Enemalta.

As part of the agreement, Enemalta will retain full electricity dispatch rights.

According to a joint statement, the new energy supplier will be required to supply approximately 200 MW of the Islands of Malta’s baseload power from a new high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine plant.

In addition, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility will also need to be built to supply both the new CCGT plant and Enemalta’s recently commissioned 150 MW Delimara power plant (pictured), which is fired by heavy fuel oil but is scheduled to be converted to natural gas.

The conversion of Delimara to run on natural gas will also form part of the agreement.

In the following months, independent investors will be pre-qualified and then invited to bid competitively to enter into a PPA and/or a gas supply agreement with a pre-condition to build, own and operate the power plants and LNG facility at Enemalta’s Delimara site, which are to be fully commissioned by spring 2015.

For more information, visit www.enemalta.com.mt, or send any questions to communications.emc@enemalta.com.mt.

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