Alternative design for Marsalforn breakwater being studied, first design would close off the bay

The Gozo Ministry is still considering at least one alternative to the recently-published design for the proposed Marsalforn breakwater, a spokesman has said.

The ministry released designs earlier this month for two new breakwaters all but enclosing the mouth of the bay, with a 200-metre-long arm at Santa Maria point and another 170-metre-long protrusion from Għar Qawqla.

It also issued calls for two tenders for studies relating to the project, one for an environmental impact assessment and one for geotechnical investigations.

The first tender refers to plans corresponding to the published designs but the second is about a different plan for two much smaller breakwater arms: 150 metres long at Santa Maria point and 100 metres at Il-Menqa, with a much wider gap between them. This plan is also dated earlier than the published designs, August instead of October 2018.

The second tender, which refers to the smaller breakwater arms, was pulled from the government e-Tenders website days after it was issued and remained unavailable at the time of writing.

Nevertheless, a Gozo Ministry spokesman confirmed the different options were still under consideration and that it was the studies that would guide the final decision.

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