Design of the facilities began in late 2015 after the conclusion of the Enemalta tender process. Construction began with the clearing of the old HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil) power plant and regasification sites in the winter of 2016. Facilities were finalised in 2017.
The ElectroGas Malta Facilities consist of four main parts:
- A Floating Storage Unit – An LNG cargo vessel which has been converted specifically for this project.
- The Jetty – The FSU is berthed on a custom-built jetty, purposely constructed to carry the LNG to shore so that it can be regasified.
- The regasification compound – The third and main part of the on-ground facilities, where the LNG is converted back to natural gas, providing a clean fuel alternative for Malta.
- D3 & D4 – The natural gas is piped towards Enemalta’s D3 unit and also to D4, a new combined cycle power plant, and the fourth component of the ElectroGas Malta installation. Siemens Industrial Turbines have been designed for this highly efficient and flexible arrangement of 3 x SGT800 Turbines, each with its own bypass stack and HRSG which then combine to feed steam into a single SGT900 steam turbine.
Construction of facilities at Delimara was completed in 2017.