It will cost €11 million to repair the Interconnector, Enemalta said today.
The interconnector suffered severe damage last December, which resulted in a number of power cuts.
Enemalta said that Nexans Norway, the original equipment manufacturer of the high-voltage cable, was commissioned to carry out the submarine cable inspection survey to establish the location and extent of the damage, as well as to formulate the plan of action to be undertaken to repair the cable.
The survey ship MV Polar King was commissioned to carry out the survey, and determine the complicated and one-off nature of the repair.
The video footage of the survey provided “reasonable evidence” that the cable was damaged by an anchor, Enemalta officials said. “The vessel believed to have caused the damage has been identified, and the vessel’s protection and indemnity insurance has been approached, and a letter of undertaking has been submitted.”
The testing and energisation of the eventually repaired cable is expected to take place by the third week of March.
Original article found on The Malta Independent