2nd Malta-Sicily Cable Link

The project consists of a new ~118km long 225MW HVAC electrical cable interconnection through a submarine cable operating at 220kV between Malta (Maghtab) and Sicily (Ragusa) to be laid in parallel but at a safe distance to the existing HVAC cable link which was commissioned in 2015.

The project is part of Maltese Government’s future energy strategy in meeting the 2030 climate and energy targets and the longer-term decarbonisation objectives. It aims at diversifying the island’s energy sources and meet the projected increase in electricity demand from economic growth and electrification of the transport sector.

The 2nd cable link will also strengthen the electricity interconnectivity with the EU electricity network, allow for increased importation of electricity sourced from renewables, optimise the use of local power generation, whilst allowing the increase in local renewable energy sources through the enhancement of the grid stability and balancing of intermittent RES.

In December 2023, the project was successfully approved for funding under the 2021-2027 ERDF/CF/JTF Programme, specifically under Priority 2 ‘Promoting clean and fair energy transition, sustainable wastewater management, and green investment’, Specific Objective 2.3 ‘Developing smart energy systems, grids, and storage outside the TEN-E network’. This project has been designated as an ‘Operation of Strategic Importance’ due to its significant contribution to the achievement of national priorities for the 2021-2027 Programme. The ERDF funding allocated to this project amounts to €165,347,846.70.

Main Technical Parameters


50 Hz – HVAC cable

Approx. Route length

118 km



Nominal Voltage



Maltese Permitting Procedure:

The Project Description Statement for the scope of the Maltese EIA screening was submitted to the Environment and Resources Authority in September 2021.

A Screening Decision was issued by the Authority in November 2021 where it was confirmed that the proposed development falls under Schedule I, Category II, Section as well as Regulation 10 (3) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (S.L. 549.46).

The relevant documents can be accessed at this link.

Italian Permitting Procedure:

Meetings with Italian authorities have already been held in August 2021 during which a way forward was discussed. Similar to the Maltese section, it was confirmed that an Environmental impact assessment in line with the Decreto Legislativo 152/2006 is also required for the Italian Section of the Project.


The second electrical interconnector project shall consist of an underwater and onshore cable link between the Maghtab terminal Station and the Ragusa 220kV substation in Sicily.

The second electrical interconnector project shall consist of an underwater and onshore cable link between the Maghtab terminal Station and the Ragusa 220kV substation in Sicily.

Similar to the first electrical interconnector, it shall have a nominal rating capacity of 225MW, and can operate in a bi-directional mode, generally importing electricity from Sicily, but being technically able to transmit electricity from Malta to Sicily should excess electricity produced in Malta be available in the future.

The terminal points of the project shall be the 220kV substation at Contrada Cimillà in Ragusa operated by Terna and the Maghtab terminal station at Qalet Marku operated by Enemalta p.l.c.

The cable landing point in Malta shall be at Qalet Marku while the landing point in Sicily shall be sited at Marina di Ragusa. Trenchless shore approaches shall be adopted in both countries to minimise the environmental and visual impacts on the shore at the proposed landing areas.

The cable will be buried along the onshore route with no overhead lines.

Commercial & Regulatory

Project Benefits

  1. To increase the electricity interconnectivity with the European electricity network for meeting the forecasted increase in the island’s electricity demand as a result of economic growth and the electrification of road transport.
  2. To cater for contingency/emergency situations such as temporary damage to the existing cable link.
  3. Contribute to Malta’s future strategy in reaching its 2030 climate and energy targets, and in the longer term, the 2050 decarbonisation
  4. Optimisation of local power generation
  5. Improve the security of energy supply by diversifying of energy sources.
  6. Enabler of an increase in locally generated electricity from renewables by supplying a buffer to counterbalance for RES intermittency.




A cabinet decision was taken by the Maltese Government to proceed with the construction of a second Interconnection cable between Malta and Italy and delegate this task to InterConnect Malta


ICM completed a preliminary route identification report taking in consideration alternate possible routes starting from Malta up to Ragusa

ICM started communication with both Maltese and Italian Authorities to discuss on the permitting required for this project. A project description statement was provided to the ERA

February - April

A call for tenders was issued in order to engage a contractor to carry out a preliminary marine route survey (PMRS) of the offshore route for this second interconnector project


A call for tenders was issued in order to engage a contractor to carry out the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for this critical Maltese infrastructure project

A connection request was launched with Terna S.p.A. They are the transmission system operators in Italy with whom this cable will be connecting


An application was submitted with the Planning Authority in Malta

June - July

The Environmental and Resources Authority carried out a public consultation on the project

Two call for tenders were issued in order to engage contracts to conduct the Environmental Impact Assessment in Malta and Sicily


Following award of PMRS tender to Fugro Italy S.p.A., the surveying activities were kicked-off


The FEED tender was awarded to a Joint Venture between CESI S.p.A and Techfem S.p.A and project teams met to start working on the design of the cable


Both EIA tenders were awarded. The Italian EIA was awarded to HPC ITALIA S.r.l. whilst the Maltese EIA was awarded to AIS Environment Ltd.


Completed PMRS Field Activities


Finalized all EIA Chapters and Submitted EIA documentation covering the Maltese side to the ERA


Finalized EIA documentation covering the Italian side

Completion of the Front-End Engineering Design
Submitted all the necessary documentation for the application to the Single Permitting Decree (Autorizzazione Unica) to the MASE (Ministry of Environment and Energy Security) covering the Italian side

The Planning Authority in Malta validated the application and formally inititated the statutory period


Completion of Public Consultation on the Maltese permit application
Issued the first EPC tender (CT3032/2023 - Supplies Tender for the Design, Supply and Installation of 245kV 1x350MVA Auto-Transformer, 1x120MVAR and 1x240MVAR Variable Shunt Reactors for the Sec. Elec. Malta-Sicily Interconnector


MASE commenced the formal statutory authorisation process in Italy
Planning Authority unanimously approved the Development Permit for the Maltese portion of the project
Issued the tender for works (ICM/TD 107/23 - EPC tender Excavation and Construction of a walkthrough culvert within the Maghtab terminal station using environmentally friendly products and materials)


Issued the tender for works (CT3003/2024 - Works - Tender for the Manufacture and Installation of the Onshore 245kV and 145kV Cables, FO Cable and Accessories for the 2nd MT-IT Electrical Interconnector in an Env. Friendly Manner)

Start awarding EPC tenders


Issuance of Construction Permit in Italy


Commencement of works onshore Malta and onshore Italy

Initiate the Works for the construction of the second Italy to Malta HVAC Cable


Start of Operations