Sicily's president Sebastiano Musumeci is in Malta for bilateral talks with the Energy Minister on the Malta-Sicily gas pipeline.

During a meeting on Tuesday, Minister Joe Mizzi assured Mr Musumeci that consultation would be ongoing with further meetings to be held in Sicily in the coming months. During these meetings, the project’s progress would be explained to enable Malta’s authorities to understand concerns on the Sicilian side.

Mr Mizzi said the Maltese government was taking the environmental impact of the project very seriously, and Environmental Impact Assessments were being undertaken to ensure that the necessary mitigation measures were included in the project design to enable the least possible impact on Sicily’s natural and marine environment.

The gas pipeline project has been designated by the EU as a project of common interest since it links Malta with the European gas network, further reducing its energy isolation.

The primary scope of the project is the importation of gas from Sicily to Malta, and its completion in 2024 will see the removal of the floating storage unit from Marsaxlokk.

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