The Malta Independent 15 November 2018, Thursday

Power cuts in Swatar caused by damage to substation

Gabriel Schembri Saturday, 30 January 2016, 09:15 Last update: about 4 years ago

An Enemalta substation in Swatar was severely damaged due to a nearby structure that collapsed causing electricity shortages in the area, especially in Triq iz-Zernieq.

A spokesperson for the company said the structure fell because of a storm which struck last October.

Families and businesses in Triq iz-Zernieq in Swatar are allegedly facing electricity shortages six to seven times a month.

Power cuts started last October and residents are still complaining about the issue till this day.

Business owners who spoke to The Malta Independent, said that sometimes, electricity outages used to occur as frequent as three times a week. According to the same person, most of the power shortages last for a whole day.

“Most of my work is done on computers. I employ three people and when the power cuts, I have to send everyone home,” he explained.

Residents are complaining that the Birkirkara Local Council only advises them of power cuts through a post on Facebook.

Contacted by this newsroom, Enemalta said the repair works required could not be carried out safely without temporarily switching off the power supply. Workers had to be brought on site to rebuild parts of the wall which collapsed.

“These interruptions are necessary to safeguard the health and safety of our employees and contractors working on site”, the company said.

Enemalta could not confirm whether more power shortages will take place in the future. However, the company said structural works on the substation are finished.

The company said it supports its customers by announcing power cuts on its website.

Customers can also register to receive notifications by text message or email.

 

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