Enemalta has issued a public apology after a massive power cut hit Malta and Gozo.
Thousands of homes, offices, shops and factories were left without electricity for more than three hours on Tuesday afternoon.
The outage also caused chaos on the roads as traffic lights went out.
The water supply and internet services were also hit.
Power was restored in most places by 6pm.
An inquiry into the cause of the outage has been launched but bosses were quick to blame the underwater power cable which connects Malta’s power grid with the Italian transmission network.
A spokesman for Enemalta told 89.7 Bay: ‘Our indications suggest that a fault was registered in the interconnector within Sicily’s remit at around 2.30 pm which resulted in lengthy interruptions in the electricity supply across Malta and Gozo.
‘With relentless effort by the company’s engineers and technicians, electricity supply was restored across the island at around 6pm.
‘Enemalta publicly apologises for any inconvenience caused and shows its appreciation to all employees who worked tirelessly to restore the electricity supply in the shortest possible time.’