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CF 404: Removal of ACM from open air storage in Hal Far

Project Cost: €1,626,507
Beneficiary: Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security
Line Ministry: Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security
Start Date: 2015
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This project aimed to remove, export and safe disposal of hazardous asbestos containing matierla (ACM) in the form of pipies from open storage at Hal Far Road, l/o Birzebbuga. The area contains an estimated 2,050 pipes in different sizes which have been in storage for decades since they fell into disuses after the atonement of the use of ACM material due to health considerations.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: Cohesion Fund
Operational Objective: To minimise landfilling of waste and to rehabilitate disused landfills, as well as, increase the capacity for waste treatment for energy recovery and recycling purposes
Priority Axis: PA5 Safeguarding the Environment
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA5 Solid Waste

Project Objectives

The project aims at the removal and disposal of hazardous material found in an open space close to an open accommodation centre for migrants. This material is in the form of an estimated 2,050 pipes made from ACM and which have been lying in the area for decades exposed to atmospheric agents. Although these are still structurally sound for the time being, it is only a matter of time for these pipes to become extremely dangerous due to the eventual deterioration of the material and the release of asbestos fibres into the environment with detrimental effects spanning a wide area which can be contaminated through fibres transported by wind.Consequently, such a project will tackle a potential health hazard for Malta’s population with asbestos being a carcinogenic material when its fibres are inhaled.

Project Results

• Improved health and safety for the general population.• The decontamination and restoration of 15,000 square metres of land to be used by the public domain.• Re-use of currently derelict land instead of making use of virgin land.