Ragusa approves interconnector, demands €500,000
The Ragusa Local Council will demand a minimum of €500,000 from Malta as compensation for the interconnector which will be installed at Marina di Ragusa, in Sicily.
The Ragusa Council has completely retracted its previous negative outlook and is now in favour of Malta’s interconnector landing at Marina di Ragusa after having previously opposed the project on the basis of environmental concerns.
The Council has agreed that the interconnector project is of strategic importance for both Malta and Italy and the previous negative outlook has been overturned. The u-turn was based on the agreements between Malta and Italy
Malta has applied for the necessary permits to install the interconnector to tap into the European energy grid.
The financial compensation will be used to redevelop the old sewage treatment plant at the end of the Marina di Ragusa promenade. The interconnector project could be using this plant as part of the infrastructure.
The Ragusa Council will also make two other requests before approving the permits necessary for the interconnector works to start on the Italian side. Due to the possible environmental risk the council will ask for a supervisory role in the project, possibly supported by guarantees by the Maltese Government.
Malta’s project to connect to Europe’s energy grid through Ragusa, in Sicily, has found the backing of Legambiente Ragusa.
La Sicilia yesterday quoted Legambiente Ragusa representative, Claudio Conti, who said that the project will mainly involve pipes buried underground and thus have minimal effect on the environment at Marina di Ragusa.
A final decision is expected next week in Rome.