Stormy weather in Sicily has been blamed for Malta’s latest power cut.
Thousands of homes were left without electricity for more than five hours on Monday morning.
Shops were also plunged into darkness and some were forced to close, just two days before Christmas.
Enemalta said that a fault had occurred on the interconnector cable between Malta and Sicily.
Malta’s energy minister Joe Mizzi told Malta Today: ‘The interconnector failed in Sicily, where there is bad weather.
‘This automatically leads to a knock-on effect because the power stations in Malta shut down as a precautionary measure.
‘Enemalta have gradually started returning power. These things happen.’
Electricity went off in towns and villages from Marsalforn to Marsascala at around 7.15am.
Power was restored in Gozo, Marsacala, Birkirkara, Iklin, Qormi, Zebbug, Marsa and Siggiewi by around 12.30pm.