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The first floating wind farm in the Mediterranean will be built thanks to the Danes




The Danes involved in the Strait of Sicily project have developed several offshore wind farms - here the one of Veja Mate in the North Sea - (photo: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners)
The Danes involved in the Strait of Sicily project have developed several offshore wind farms - here the one of Veja Mate in the North Sea - (photo: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners)
ITALY. The first floating wind farm in the Mediterranean is planned in the Sicilian Channel between Sicily and Tunisia. Named 7Seas Med, the project integrates twenty-five turbines for a total power of 250 MW. It is being developed by the Danish company Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP) with the support of the Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) fund, which specializes in major renewable energy projects. The choice to use floating wind turbines rather than those anchored in the ground is dictated by the depth of about 300 meters of the seabed at this location. Fixed wind turbines can only be installed between fifty and sixty meters deep.

Presented just before the coronavirus pandemic to the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Infrastructure, the project requiring 741 M€ of investment is now being processed by the Italian administration. A previous dossier of 136 MW with thirty-eight wind turbines, off and in front of the town of Butera in the Gulf of Gela (Sicily), was refused by the Sicilian Council in 2019. Mainly because it was visible from the coast,. What will not be the case of the new project located 35 km off the town of Marsala (province of Trapani) and the Egades Islands, between Italy and Tunisia.

If the timetable is respected for 7Seas Med, work should begin in 2023 according to Luigi Severini, project manager. Designer of the park and already at the origin of that of Taranto, it will be based on the TetraSpar technology developed by Henrik Stiesdal, considered the father of Danish wind energy with a first marketing of a wind turbine in 1978. A license has since been sold to the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas.

Frédéric Dubessy


Friday, June 19th 2020



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