PL reacts to PN Enemalta meeting
In 2008 the PN issued letters and held briefing sessions with Airmalta, Public Transport and employees from other public entities however after the election Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi broke the promises made to these employees, a PL statement read.
Over the last 5 years Lawrence Gonzi made wrong choices with respect to Enemalta and the Energy Sector resulting in the Electricity Division recording losses of around €74 million after receiving €25 million in government assistance leaving Enemalta with a prospective debt of €835 million, the PL held. This week’s poorly attended briefing session for Enemalta’s employees with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance made evident the absence of a roadmap for Enemalta.
Minister Fenech confirmed that a future Nationalist administration will not close Marsa Power Station but will retain a portion of Marsa Power Station as reserve capacityand stressed that the old, inefficient and dirty Delimara Phase 1 plant and large chimney will also be retained, the PL statement read. At the employee briefing the Minister also noted that the interconnector will not supply 70% of the electricity constantly which conflicts with previous statements made.
PL argued that the party has presented the only credible roadmap for the energy sector which will result in an average reduction of 25% of utility tariffs, reliable supply of energy and a better environment. PL’s plans also state that Phase 2 at the Delimara Power Station will be retained as a standby facility, the Marsa Power Station will be decommissioned and the site will be regenerated. Delimara Phase 1 and its large Chimney will also be decommissioned.
The PL’s roadmap will result in enough savings to reduce tariffs and ensure that Enemalta’s financial position will become sustainable and secure the jobs of all Enemalta employees.