Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy forge floating alliance

Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy have joined forces for the development of floating offshore wind farms off the Italian coast. They also revealed plans to start the authorisation process for the Kailia Energia project off the Brindisi coast.

Project developers will file the necessary documentation with the Ministero per la Transizione Ecologica (Ministry for Ecological Transition) to start the authorisation process for the Kailia Energia floating offshore wind farm. It will start with a preliminary consultation (scoping), a procedure voluntarily carried out by the project developers and aimed at better defining the contents of the environmental impact study for the subsequent procedure of the environment impact assessment. At the same time, the request for a maritime concession will be submitted to the Ministero delle Infrastrutture (Ministry of Infrastructure) and the Port Authority of the Southern Adriatic Sea.

Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy stated they are committed to a early engagement with the territories and local communities: the developers have embarked on a series of local stakeholder meetings to build a process of consultation and dialogue on the project proposals, that will continue throughout the entire process of project development.

The Kailia Energia project is expected to have a capacity of around 1.2 GW, which would yield an anticipated annual production of 3.5 TWh, equivalent to the consumption of 1 million Italian households.

Toni Volpe, CEO of Falck Renewables, comments: "Today we are bringing the floating offshore wind technology to Italy, demonstrating our commitment to achieving sustainable goals through the implementation of innovative technologies. This project is the result of an important work carried out in recent months by the partnership, and that has also involved local stakeholders in a process of dialogue and shared development with communities and territories."

Carlos Martin, CEO of BlueFloat Energy, says: “As a global offshore wind developer with a unique floating wind expertise we are keen to contribute towards the development of this sector in Italy. Our recent experience of developing a floating wind project in Spain with Parc Tramuntana provides us with valuable insights into the unique challenges of developing this type of projects in the Mediterranean region. We are now approaching the Italian market with a partner with complementary strengths and skills, to deliver a world-class project that will enable energy transition in the region.”