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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 3 APRIL 2024 • ISSUE 888 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 Study identifies two suitable offshore sites for floating solar and wind energy plants JAMES DEBONO Abela: 'I expect to have crew on national airline who speak Maltese' Underdog no more: Labour's strong but tenuous lead ANALYSIS PAGES 8 - 9 PAGE 4 Developing 35.5% of an offshore zone to the east of Malta could meet the islands' entire electrical demand in 2040 KM Malta Airlines took to the air on Sunday A Strategic Environment Assess- ment (SEA) has identified two areas in Malta's Exclusive Economic Zone best suited to host offshore solar and wind energy plants. The areas are situated 22 km to the east and south of Malta. The study conducted by environ- mental consultants AIS Limited con- cludes that of the four alternatives considered, 'Alterative B' is the best option. It comprises two areas; a 1,157sq. km zone to the east of the island de- noted as Area 3 and a smaller 179sq. km area to the south of Malta denot- ed as Area 4. The study suggests that developing "just" 35.5% of Area 3 (equivalent to could meet the islands' en- tire electrical demand in 2040. But this would still mean devel- oping renewable energy projects over an area which is larger than Malta itself. PAGE 5

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