Rome, Italy [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Italian energy major Enel is planning to install some 115 wind turbines off the coast of Sicily in what will be one of the first offshore wind projects in the Mediterranean. A request for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been delivered by Enel to the Ministry of the Environment and the Region of Sicily for the country’s first offshore wind project.
In cooperation with Moncada Costruzioni, Enel plans to develop the project in the Gulf of Gela approximately 5 kilometers from the Sicilian coast between the towns of Licata, Butera and Gela. The estimated cost of installing the 115 turbines will be around €500 million [US $792.48 million]. The turbines will range from 3-5 megawatts (MW) in capacity.
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. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to generate 1150 gigwatt-hours annually.
“This innovative project 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,” said Fulvio Conti, CEO of Enel.