Italian Offshore Wind Project Loses Construction Permit

Illustration

The Regional Administrative Tribunal of Sicily (Il Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale per la Sicilia – TAR) has revoked a construction permit granted by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea (IMELS) for the 137MW offshore wind project in the Gulf of Gela off Sicily’s southern coast.

In December 2013, the ministry’s Technical Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment approved the exclusion measure from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure for the project developed by Mediterranean Wind Offshore after assessing that the construction and operation of the wind farm will not have any potential negative impacts on the environment.

The permit was contested by local archaeological and environmental associations, which claim that the Gulf of Gela is an important archaeological site and consider that the construction of the wind farm would breach UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Mediterranean Wind Offshore proposes to install up to 38 turbines, some two miles offshore Sicily. The wind farm’s proximity to the coast was also part of the dispute with the plaintiffs claiming that any offshore installation situated near tourist hotspots must be located at least five miles off the coast.

Share this article

Follow Offshore Wind

Events>

<< Jan 2018 >>
MTWTFSS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

Maintenance and Pumps & Valves 2018

Pumps & Valves focuses on industrial pumps, (control) valves, seals, filters, filtration solutions, processing equipment, (pipe) pipes…

read more >

Asia Offshore Wind Day 2018

The event will bring together senior executives active in the offshore wind industry in Asia…

read more >

6th Int’l Wind Energy Expo & Conference WIND EXPO 2018

From components, devices, various services to wind turbines…a wide range of cutting-edge products and technologies will be exhibited…

read more >

SNS2018 – The Southern North Sea Conference & Exhibition

EEEGR’s flagship Southern North Sea conference is the most important event for the energy sector in the East of England…

read more >

Jobs>

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreWIND.biz, you’ll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreWIND.biz, you’ll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Offshore Wind jobs in Taiwan at New Power Partners

New Power Partners offers global management and support services to the Offshore Wind Industry within development, planning and construction activities ...

apply

Vessels>