Labour blames power cuts on inadequate distribution system

Labour MP Joe Mizzi says the frequent power cuts this summer are the result of government’s lack of investment in the distribution system.

20 August 2012, 12:00am
Despite Enemalta's excuses, the constant power cuts throughout summer show that the government's lack of investment and planning in the distribution system, said Opposition MP Joe Mizzi.

"The high demand caused by high temperatures has unmasked the shortcomings in the distribution system. The numerous faults show that the existing distribution system cannot keep up with the high demand for a long time," Mizzi said.

He added that if the demand was not limited due to the high tariffs, the power cuts would have been more frequent.

Mizzi said the power cuts have negatively affected industry, the commercial sector, the tourism sector and caused distress to all the people, especially children, the elderly and ill persons.

Mizzi listed five reasons for the faults in the distribution system: high demand, aged cables, infrastructural works on roads, faulty cable joints and the laying of cables.

The MP added that when the Labour Party recently raised the issue, Enemalta readily issued a statement to rebut Labour's spokespersons. However, he noted that the frequent power cuts proved Labour right.

"Instead of being partisan and defend GonziPN, Enemalta should give a clear picture of what is really happening and what are its plans to resolve the problem and prevent it from happening again," Mizzi said.