The first offshore windfarm to be developed and constructed in Italian waters – and the first in the Mediterranean – has achieved financial close.
The small-scale, near-shore windfarm will be installed off the southern Italian town of Taranto. Mott MacDonald is acting as owner’s engineer on the project, supporting sponsor Renexia Spa, part of Toto Group.
The project will comprise 10 Senvion 3.0MW-122 wind turbines supported by monopile foundations. Power will be produced at 33kV from the turbines and be transformed to 150kV at a newly-built onshore substation before injection into the grid.
Manufacturing of the components for the windfarm has commenced. Offshore installation is expected to be undertaken in late 2019. Project takeover is expected to be completed in early 2020.
As owner’s engineer, Mott MacDonald has assessed the capability of the supply chain and reviewed the design of the foundations and medium voltage subsea cable system against best practice. The consultancy’s role also included an assessment of the project construction contingency amount, drafting of key project management plans and supporting the development of a construction schedule. The consultancy will continue to support the owner and the sponsor in an ongoing role during construction.
Renexia managing director Riccardo Toto said, “This project is part of a wider strategy that Renexia is pursuing in the wind power industry. We are eager to boost production of clean and sustainable energy in new markets and the cooperation with Mott MacDonald is complementary to our skills and capabilities.”
Mott MacDonald is also supporting Renexia on an offshore wind development in Maryland in the US, assessing a novel foundation concept and developing the electrical design for the grid interconnection.