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Continental Shelf Department - Ministry for Energy and Water Management
Antonio Maurizio Valperga Street
FRN 1700
+356 2292 2114
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The main role of the Continental Shelf Department is to attract investment in the Malta upstream oil and gas sector with the aim of exploring for natural resources in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner. Apart from regulating and promoting the upstream oil and gas sector, the Department is also responsible for regulating other activities on Malta’s continental shelf such as the laying of submarine cables and pipelines, marine scientific research and the construction, operation and use of artificial islands, structures and devices.
The Department also acts as the Geological Survey of Malta and in this capacity represents Malta at meetings and expert groups of EuroGeoSurveys, a non-profit organisation made up of 37 European Geological Surveys. In this role the Department participates in EU projects on marine data such as EMODnet. The Department is also the custodian of the Geological Map of Malta and is responsible for the upkeep of this map.
The Maltese Islands are strategically located in the centre of the Mediterranean and Malta is a member of the European Union, the Euro zone and is also part of the Schengen Area. Compared to the land area of the Maltese Islands, the continental shelf is much larger and therefore the regulation of continental shelf activities is of paramount importance.

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Collating centre
Oceanography Malta Research Group, Department of Geosciences, University of Malta (OMRG.UM)
Latest update
18 December 2020 3:06:03 PM