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A 460-metre-wide platform hosting 36 wind turbines proposed for Malta.

                                                                                                           Photo credit: Malta Today

A massive offshore hexagon-shaped 460-metre-wide platform hosting 36 wind turbines, is being proposed for Malta by Swedish company Hexicon AB.

The project description statement has been submitted to the Malta Environment and Planning Authority and has been published on the authority’s website.

This is the first time the project was made public although in May a number of foreign websites had referred to the endorsement of this project by regulatory authorities in Malta, Sweden and Cyprus in a bid to obtain EU funding for renewable energy projects.

According to the report, a location on the northeast of Malta 11 nautical miles from shore, where water depths vary between 100 and 150 metres, has already been identified. A cable would link the wind-farm to an offshore substation in Maghtab.

Malta will have to increase its renewable energy share to 10% from the current 1-2% by 2020, and this project could just be the one that can get it there

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