XLENDI EMERGENCY FLOUR MILL
About 50 years ago, with the Cold War escalating, it became evident that nuclear conflict in Europe was a possibility. In the event of the lines of communication being cut, the British Colonial Office took a decision to build several underground flour mills in the Maltese islands, which would give the local population at least a staple diet of bread, should other sources of food be denied to them. Of the eight underground mills built, only one was located on Gozo, in the village of Ix-Xlendi.
At the rear of the mill is the silo, having a storage capacity of approximately 1,000 tons of wheat, and connected to the milling machinery by mechanical augers. An 80hp diesel engine and alternator supplied power. Entrances from above can also access the silo.
This mill was supplied and installed by a British company, Thomas Robinson of Rochdale, England, which subsequently ceased operation in 1989. The Council is interested to hear from anyone who has information, or who worked on the mills of Malta in the 1950’s.