sound aspects on pervasion: energy, water, waste migration

[ work in progress ]
Malta is the most densely populated country in Europe. This, combined with Malta’s small size, is often used as a justification for anti-immigrant statements.
However, to date, no assessments of the potential impact of migration on the Maltese environment have been carried out. Certainly, given Malta’s size and population density, over the past 12 years, the number of arrivals of migrants to Malta has been considerable. In 2013, for example, Malta recorded the highest number of asylum-seekers compared to national population (20.2 applicants per
1,000 inhabitants). However, as previously noted, the majority of asylum-seekers arriving in Malta over the past few years appear to have left the islands, whereas the majority of migrants living in Malta are European Union citizens.

This would suggest that, if a meaningful discussion is to be held on the environmental impact of migration, it would necessarily need to reflect the actual scenario and thus to consider the impact of European Union migration, the broader third-country national population, and the impact of schemes such as the Malta Investment Programme. Issues related to, inter alia, the development of more residences and high-rise buildings in popular coastal areas, poverty and the development of ethnic clusters in deprived urban areas are also of particular relevance in this context

(Source: IOM Migration in Malta – Country Report )


Maghtab, Malta, near Enemalta Power Station / waste disposal
Migrant and local workers sorting garbage at one of the rare recycling sites.






waste mountain
A Mountain of Waste near Salina Bay. Reports show that the landfill is extremely toxic and polluting. As you know, the waste mountain lies directly by the sea. And the government itself has blocked this coastal region for swimmers.
Enemalta Power Station
This terminal station is located a few hundred metres away from Qalet Marku Bay, where the submarine cable was pulled ashore in December 2013. At the Terminal Station, electricity from the submarine cable will be received at 220kV and stepped down to 132kV. It is then fed to the Maltese grid via cables passing through a purposely-built 6.5 kilometres tunnel leading to the Kappara Distribution Centre. The cables connecting the Terminal Station to the Distribution Centre comprise three circuits, each with three single core cables in trefoil formation. At the other end of the terminal, the Interconnector cable heads towards Sicily through an 850 metre underground culvert until it reaches Qalet Marku Bay, at Bahar ic-Caghaq. Source: Enemalta

What can be heard in the redundant hum of this recording, coming from the huge transformers at Enemalta Terminal?


Delimara Power Station
Delimara Power Station, gas vessel, Freeport in the background


Delimara Power Station hum