Senvion, a global manufacturer of wind turbines, has been appointed by Beleolico Srl, a Belenergia S.A. affiliate, as the supplier for Taranto wind farm.
Taranto will be the first offshore plant in the Mediterranean sea, with a total rated power of 30 MW. The project will feature 10 Senvion 3.0M122, each with a hub-height of 100 meters. The turbines will be located in front of Taranto harbor in the Apulia region (Southern Italy), in a water depth of 4 to 18 meters.
“We are proud to contribute our experience to the construction of the first Italian offshore wind farm,” said Carlo Schiapparelli, Managing Director of Senvion Italia. “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 to begin summer 2018, while commissioning is expected to take place in autumn 2018. 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.
“Belenergia has been investing in the offshore wind project of Taranto since 2012. After a long administrative and engineering gestation, we are happy to enter into the industrial phase, with the help of our local and international design engineering firms and naturally, the strong support of Senvion,” added Jacques Edouard Lévy, CEO of Belenergia SA.
Active in the Italian market since 2004, Senvion has installed nearly 940 MW in the country, producing almost all the necessary steel towers in Apulia region, at Leucci Costruzioni facilities in Brindisi.
“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,” said Lévy.