Interconnect Malta announced that preparations are underway for Malta to have the first two large scale Battery Energy Storage Systems that store electrical energy, so that Malta can invest in more renewable energy sources in the coming years.

Interconnect Malta, a company within the Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise, will implement this project on behalf of the Government of Malta, in collaboration with Enemalta plc and its subsidiary company International Energy Service Centre Ltd.

With an investment of an estimated €47 million with European Union co-financing, this project includes the installation of two battery energy storage plants, one at the site of the Delimara power station and another in the underground tunnels beneath the Marsa Power Station, in the oldest part of the ex-Marsa power station complex.

The two projects are estimated to cost €35 million in Delimara and €12 million in Marsa. The Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise obtained funds from the European Union for part of this investment.

The two installations of the BESS project are expected to be completed by 2026.