Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy joint venture Nora Ventu has launched a public consultation on two floating wind projects off the Italian island of Sardinia.
The consultation aims to provide local communities with more information about Energia 1 and Nora Energia 2, which together have 1.4 GW.
Nora Ventu started the consultation with a series of meetings with local stakeholders to outline her proposals for the two floating wind farms.
The Nora Energia 1 project proposal envisages 53 wind turbines with a total installed power of 795 MW, located in the marine area of the Sardinian Channel, south-west of the Gulf of Cagliari and at distances between 22 km (minimum distance from the coast) and 34 km from the coast.
The Nora Energia 2 project proposal envisages 40 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 600 MW in the sea section inside the Sardinian Channel and south-east of the Gulf of Cagliari, about 30 km south of Capo Carbonara.
Local engagement precedes the start of the permitting process, the first step of which will be a preliminary consultation process, known as scoping, to determine the scope of the environmental impact assessment.
Applications for a maritime concession for each of the two projects were submitted to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility and the Port System Authority of Cagliari at the end of December 2021.
Nora Ventu estimates that 4,000 direct jobs will be created in the manufacturing, assembly and construction phases of the floating wind farms.
Once operational, the projects are expected to create more than 300 long-term maintenance jobs, of which approximately 80% of the workforce will be local.
Goods and services for the construction and maintenance of the floating offshore wind farm are mainly sourced from local companies and training programs are in preparation.
The local infrastructure will also benefit, since the projects for the assembly, operation and maintenance of the wind farms would be based on the main industrial ports such as the port of Cagliari, allowing a diversification of their infrastructure and services.
As the wind farm projects develop, study and research opportunities will arise, as well as the opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects in partnership with Sardinian universities, research centers and technology parks.
Visual impact analyzes that have already been carried out and are to be presented in the coming weeks show that the planned offshore wind farms, which would be outside of territorial waters, would be barely perceptible to the human eye from the coast.