The university will conduct geological and geophysical investigations, including both desktop and field studies, passive seismic measurements, bathymetric mapping and a seismic study.
The final results of these investigations will also incorporate the results from a recently published investigative coring tender. These results will in turn generate a terrestrial baseline study, which will include geological, geomorphological and hydrogeological maps. It will also include a digital elevation model, cross-sectional profiles and hydrological models. The University of Malta will conduct a marine baseline study which will include a geological model of topography, stratigraphy, structure, geological, geophysical and tectonic properties of the study area.
Transport Malta chairman James Piscopo said: “Transport Malta is very pleased to have the University of Malta on board for this exciting project. We look forward to collaborating together in enhancing and expanding our knowledge, whilst gaining unprecedented information that will critically help us in delivering a project that will be of social and economic benefit not only for Gozo but our country as a whole.”
Mott MacDonald had carried out an earlier investigation into the project that put the cost at between €156m and €1,080m in 2010 prices.