Italian Floating Offshore Wind Farm to Deploy 14+ MW Turbines

Odra Energia will file an application for ministerial authorisation for its 1.3 GW floating offshore wind farm project off the southern coast of the province of Lecce, Italy, on 29 December.

The proposed Odra Energia offshore wind farm project will comprise 90 wind turbines, generating around 4 TWh of electricity annually, Falck Renewables, who is developing the project in partnership with BlueFloat Energy, said.

This suggests that the wind turbines to be used on the project will have an individual rated capacity of 14 MW or more.

In a change to the original plans for the project, the distance from the coast to the wind turbines has now been increased by 30 per cent to a minimum distance of 12.8 kilometres offshore.

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The change in location of the turbines further out to sea comes in response to discussions with local communities held by Odra Energia before embarking on the authorisation process and has involved a technical redesign and revision of the economic case for the wind farm as it impacts on construction, operation and maintenance.

The wind turbines will be located between 12.8 kilometres and 24 kilometres off the coast. From the mainland the perceived height of the closest turbines will be 1.4 cm, Falck Renewables said.

The proposed project is expected to generate 1,500 direct jobs during the construction phase, arising to 4,000 during peak periods, business opportunities for local companies, and collaboration with universities and research centres.

The revised sea concession application will also be registered with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Southern Adriatic Sea Port System Authority.

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