German wind turbine maker Senvion has been appointed by Beleolico Srl, a Belenergia S.A. affiliate, as the supplier for the 30MW Taranto offshore wind farm.
Taranto will be the first offshore farm in the Mediterranean Sea.
The project will feature ten Senvion 3.0M122 wind turbines, each with a hub height of 100 meters.
The turbines will be located in front of Taranto harbour in the Apulia region, Southern Italy, in a water depths of 4 to 18 metres.
Jointly with the turbines supply and installation, the agreement signed by Beleolico and Senvion foresees a 25-year full maintenance service contract for the Taranto wind farm.
Carlo Schiapparelli, Managing Director of Senvion Italia, said: “We thank Belenergia for the trust in our technology for this project which further strengthens Senvion relationship with Italy and the Apulia region in particular. We are proud to contribute our experience to the construction of the first Italian offshore wind farm. Senvion has always been a pioneer in offshore wind energy and we are now continuing this path in Italy. With the very specific requirements on the turbines, Senvion combined its offshore experience and its onshore expertise on the 3.XM machine to provide the ideal turbine for the Mediterranean Sea.”
Delivery and installation of the turbines is currently planned for summer 2018, while their commissioning is expected to take place in autumn 2018.
''Belenergia is well aware that this is a first offshore plant in the Mediterranean see, with specific challenges to meet. But thanks to the upstream initial works, we are quite confident that this new venture will be an industrial success that both our investors, but also our Italian and European partners, will be proud of, both from a technological dimension and for its ecological impact,'' Jacques Edouard Lévy, CEO of Belenergia SA, said.