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BlueFloat, Falck Unveil 975-MW Floating Wind Project off Sardinia


Gulf Oil & Gas  

 

    Tibula Energia is the name of the latest floating offshore wind farm project off the northeastern coast of Sardinia, proposed by Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy as part of the partnership between the two companies.

    To ensure early engagement with the region the developers have set up a series of meetings with the local stakeholders before starting the Ministerial authorization process, to present the project proposal in detail and gather their feedback to be taken into account in the project design.

    Key data of Tibula Energia project:

    - 62 floating wind turbines, with a distance from the coast ranging from 25 to 40 kilometers. The turbines will be barely visible to the human eye from the coast;

    - total installed capacity of 975 MW;

    - expected annual production of more than 3.4 TWh, equivalent to the consumption of over 900,000 households;

    - more than 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 avoided each year.

    This project contributes towards the objective of energy transition and represents an opportunity in terms of industrial development and new skills.

    Meetings with the local stakeholders will be carried out over the next few weeks and will focus on discussing economic and social benefits of the project, including:

    - generation of thousands of stable jobs in the medium to long term: up to 3,200 full-time jobs during the manufacturing, assembly and installation stages; and more than 180 for maintenance once the wind farm is operational;

    - insights into the latest technological developments, which represent exciting professional opportunities for local talent

    - innovation, research and development through collaborative schemes with Sardinia’s universities, research centers and regional technology hubs;

    - development of the local supply chain based on our inclusive and sustainable business model, which encourages proximity of supply, giving priority to local businesses;

    - the development of the island’s main industrial ports for the assembly, operation and maintenance of the wind farm.

    In addition to the production of green energy, the project aims to support the sustainable growth of local communities through initiatives which will benefit the area, such as wind farm co-ownership schemes or support for community-led projects.

    Exploratory research into local sea and wind conditions, environmental impacts and industrial infrastructures has been underway over the past 12 months. The request for a maritime concession was submitted on 6 May and the authorisation process with the Ministry of Ecological Transition will begin in the next few weeks.

    Ksenia Balanda, Tibula Energia General Manager, said: “We feel that the value of our projects is based on their ability to benefit local communities. Through dialogue and engagement with the local communities, we aim to create a development model that is inclusive and respectful of their needs ”

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