The Malta Independent 8 August 2020, Saturday

Waste-to-energy facility will cost around €400 million to build and run

Friday, 15 May 2020, 14:49 Last update: about 4 months ago

The Maghtab waste-to-energy facility will cost around €390 million in total both to build and run, Wasteserv expects.

The Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) for the design, build and operation of Malta’s Waste to Energy Facility has been published.


The Outline Permit Development Application for the Maghtab Waste to Energy Plant was filed in December 2019, and the plans have been made available by the Planning Authority. The main existing use of the site, according to the application form, is disused agricultural land, and the total site area is listed as 34,221sqm.

Now, just a few days after the launch of the ECOHIVE project, a concept that will turn Malta’s waste management towards a circular economy approach, Wasteserv Malta through the Department of Contracts published the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) in relation to the Waste to Energy plant. Interested bidders can view the PQQ on

Bidders now have until 25 June 2020 9.30am CEST to provide information for the assessment of their financial and economic standing, experience, and competence for the completion of this project. 

Once the short-listing process of the PQQ is carried out, participation in the subsequent Invitation to Participate in Dialogue (ITPD) process will only be open to three short-listed Candidates.

The contract will include the design and construction of the facility; estimated in the region of €160 to €190 million, and its commissioning and operation for a period of 20 years with a further financial outlay of € 200 million. The plant is expected to commence operations towards the end of 2023 after a design and build phase of approximately 3 years.

The waste to energy plant is part of a comprehensive strategy to improve the overall environmental performance of the waste sector in Malta through which all waste streams will be used to their maximum potential.

“In addition to the Waste to Energy plant, other plants such as an organic processing plant with agricultural compost production facilities and a fully-fledged material recovery facility for dry recyclables are also being developed shortly. This work ties in with the overarching work being conducted by the Ministry for Environment, Climate Change and Planning whom amongst other ambitious tasks is currently finalising a reformed Waste Management Policy,” a statement regarding the announcement read.

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