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Incremental capacity for establishing a new gas interconnection point between Malta and Italy in accordance with Chapter V of the Regulation (EU) No. 2017/459 of 16th of March 2017


From: Ministry for Energy and Water Management​
(Melita TransGas Company Ltd.)
​Published on: ​20 January 2020
​Running till: ​13 March 2020
​Last Updated: ​16 March 2020
1.        Background

One of the major national strategic projects being developed by the Government is the implementation of the natural gas pipeline (referred to as the Melita TransGas Pipeline “MTGP”) for connecting Malta to the European Gas Network through an underwater pipeline of approximately 159km in length from Malta to Sicily. This project is designated by the European Union as a ‘Project of Common Interest’.

Melita TransGas Company Limited (“MTG”) was established as a public undertaking to succeed the obligations of the “Ministry for the Energy & Water Management” as the previous Project Promoter, and to implement, construct, commission and operate the MTGP infrastructure. A number of detailed engineering and environmental studies for obtaining the permits in Malta and Italy are currently underway. These studies and the works related to the incremental capacity procedure are being funded under the Connecting Europe Facility. 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/459 of 16 March 2017 (hereinafter referred as the “Regulation”) establishes a harmonised Union-wide process for the offer of incremental capacity across Union borders. 

On the 2nd July 2019, in accordance with Chapter V of  the Regulation, the Italian gas transmission system operator Snam Rete Gas S.p.a. (hereinafter referred as “SNAM”) and the Maltese gas transmission operator Melita TransGas Co. Ltd (hereinafter referred as “MTG”) launched the incremental capacity procedure to assess the market request for incremental capacity between Malta and Italy. 

On 26 August 2019 non-binding demand indications for the realisation of incremental capacity aimed at interconnecting the Malta and Italian gas systems.

On 21 October 2019, according to the process set in Article 26 of the Regulation, SNAM and MTG have jointly published the Demand Assessment Report (“DAR”) of the received request with the conclusion to initiate an incremental capacity project for the potential creation of an interconnection between Malta and Italy.

The public consultation document has been jointly prepared by SNAM and MTG, in accordance to the provisions set in Article 27 comma 3 of the Regulation, to conduct a consultation on the identified draft project proposals to fulfil the received requests. 

2.        Consultation Questions

All interested subjects and the general public are invited to send their comments (in written form) to the consultation document provided in link below by next 13th March 2020.

3.        Documents

Public Consultation Document.pdfPublic Consultation Document.pdf 
4.        Submission of input

Submissions were sent in through the following channels:
By post:    12,
                Triq Spiru Mizzi,
                Birkirkara  BKR 1762

Submissions were received by 13 March 2020.                               
We thank you for your input.

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