Italy’s first off-shore wind facility will foresee the installation of 115 large generators with a capacity of between 3 and 5 megawatts each in the waters of the Gulf of Gela at least 3 nautical miles off-shore, between the towns of Licata (in the province of Agrigento), Butera and Gela (both in the province of Caltanissetta).
The project, developed through a joint venture between Enel (57%) and Moncada Costruzioni (43%), will have a total installed capacity of between 345 and 575 MW. The maximum cost of the investment will be about 500 million euros. Once fully operational, the plant will generate 1,150 million KWh of power, enough to meet the needs of 390,000 households, avoiding CO2 emissions of about 815,000 metric tons a year.
“This innovative project”, said Fulvio Conti, “will double Enel’s installed capacity in the wind sector in Italy. It is an example of virtuous co-operation among companies, local institutions and environmental associations. Enel’s commitment to renewable sources is significant and it is experiencing a continuous and solid growth. Today, Enel’s emissions-free generation already represents about 30% of the total. We believe in wind power and we want to play a leading role in developing this energy source in Italy as well”.
The towers, which will be equipped with rotors with a diameter of about 110 metres, will be more than 100 metres tall and anchored to the sea bed in waters up to 30 metres deep. Studies are also being conducted to develop systems integrating the wind farm with the marine areas where it will be built in order to ensure protection of local ecosystems.