The planning authority has not taken into consideration a proposal to have the controversial LNG tanker located outside Marsaxlokk Bay despite the suggestion having been made out of deep safety concerns during public consultation.

The proposal was made by environment NGOs, experts and local councils who are worried about having the floating gas storage unit, which is to feed the new Delimara power station, berthed so close to the town.

A Mepa official yesterday told Times of Malta they were aware of the proposal but the option had not been studied because it did not form part of the development proposal submitted by Enemalta.

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