Marlene Farrugia calls for immediate conversion of power station

Delimara power station extension is ‘cancerous factory’ that must be converted immediately, says Labour MP.

Backbencher Marlene Farrugia.
Backbencher Marlene Farrugia.

Going beyond the praise fellow government MPs made to Labour's energy plan, backbencher Marlene Farrugia urged government to convert the "cancerous factory" which was the BWSC power station.

Farrugia's speech in fact was marked by a number of proposals which the government should immediately embark on to effectively address the country's energy demands and the conservation of water.

Somewhat echoing calls made by the Opposition MPs this morning in parliament, Farrugia called on government to immediately cease the use of heavy fuel oil to fire the Delimara power station.

"The power station is indeed a cancer factory and if there are measures making use of cleaner fuel, then these should be adopted immediately," Farrugia said.

The BWSC power plant makes it possible for the plant to be converted from HFO to diesel. But according to the Energy Minister this would not be feasible in terms of time and costs given the government was working on the implemenation of the gas power plant.

While praising the government's decision to go for gas, she questioned why the BWSC plant was not converted to cleaner energy.

She called for "honesty", insisting the issue should not remain a partisan political issue.

Referring to a statement made by Mario de Marco earlier in the sitting, Farrugia said MPs were elected to parliament to work in the best interest for the country.

"Are we serving this role? Because what is certain is that we cannot do like a Nationalist administration and operate with politics of secrecy and lack of transparency. We must reach consensus, where policies are based on a Malta for all where the best minds work together to give the country what it deserves," she said.

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THAT IS THE WAY FORWARD! IT'S THE P.N. that tracked behind , not taking the chance and going for heavy fuel oil ... but alas BUT THEY HAD OTHER INTERESTS ~ RECORD BREAKING COMMISSIONS in the region of €4,000,000 ~ more that collected by the Community Chest Fund in one year !
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THAT IS THE WAY FORWARD! IT'S THE P.N. that tracked behind , not taking the chance and going for heavy fuel oil ... but alas BUT THEY HAD OTHER INTERESTS ~ RECORD BREAKING COMMISSIONS in the region of €4,000,000 ~ more that collected by the Community Chest Fund in one year !
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Marlene, taf x'inti tghid, Waqqaf il BWSC turbines, aqleb is'sistema minn heavy fuel ghal light fuel, naddaf it-tankijiet u is-sistema tal pajpijiet li jfornu il Power Station biex ikunu jistghu jistorjaw u jwasslu il-light fuel minflokk minflok il-heavy fuel, ara kermm se tiswa u kemm se ddum biex titlesta. Ara l'effetti li se jkolla fuq il-provista ta' l-elettriku u kemm ikun ghad baqa zmien
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Bir-rispett kollu Marlene, jaghmel sens li tikkonvertiha ghad-diesel u tonfoq miljuni kbar waqt li wara tkun trid tikkonvertiha ghall-gass u tkun qed tarmi dawk il-miljuni kollha biex tkun ikkonvertejtha ghad-diesel? Din mhux kwistjoni li minflok tippompja l-HFO tippompja id-diesel ghax kieku saret mill-ewwel. Ghalkemm naqbel li kemm jista' jkun ghandu jithaffef il-process biex tinqaleb ghall-gass minkejja kull tixkil mil-Oppozizzjoni Nazzjonalista, ahjar kieku qabel titkellem tipprova tifhem x'tinvolvi dak li qed tghid u tipproponi Sinjura Marlene. Din mhux kwistjoni ta' xi qlugh ta' darsa li ghalkemm tkun biss darsa tista' tiswa anki xi ftit eluf barra li wara jista' jkun li jkollok toqghod taghmel vista ghand id-dentist kull xi sitt xhur, imma miljuni kbar ta' ewros li jkunu qed jigu mormija minn flus il-poplu.
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"We must reach consensus, where policies are based on a Malta for all where the best minds work together to give the country what it deserves". Marlene, that's a very tall order indeed! and it will not happen in our lifetime, even if we live to be 100 years old!