Italian Steelmaker Teams Up with Floating Offshore Wind Developers

Italian steel company, Acciaierie d’Italia, and the Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy´s partnership have signed a letter of intent and have established a technical working group on strategic collaboration for the development of renewable energy projects.

There are four potential development areas on which the technical working group will focus, including the Taranto-based company providing steel and other materials for the construction of floating platforms for the offshore wind farms developed by the Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy consortium.

In turn, these wind farms could supply Acciaierie d’Italia with renewable energy and green hydrogen.

The companies also seek to establish a consortium involving specialized companies, polytechnics, and research centers to promote the greatest possible use of renewable energy for energy-intensive companies and for the technological development of an industrial supply chain for the production, in Puglia, of components for offshore wind technology.

The agreement is one of a series of strategic partnerships forged by Acciaierie d’Italia with several leading companies to achieve the energy transition of the Taranto plant. In fact, the reduction of consumption from traditional sources will contribute to the company’s greater sustainability in terms of energy, the companies said.

For Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy, this collaboration would help identify opportunities for the development of the local and regional socio-economic ecosystem with the view of contributing towards the energy transition of the Puglia region.

Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy formed a partnership to develop floating wind projects in Italy in 2021.

So far, offshore WIND has reported on six floating wind projects the partners have under development offshore Italy.

These include the 975 MW Tibula Energia off Sardinia, the 1,350 MW Odra Energia off the province of Lecce, the 675 MW Minervia Energia wind farm in the Gulf of Squillace, the 1.4 GW Nora Energia 1 and 2 wind farms in the Gulf of Cagliari, and the 1.2 GW Kailia Energia off Brindisi.

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