Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy unveils second Italian floating project

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 26/10/2021 BlueFloat Energy
Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy are set to file, on behalf of the joint venture Odra Energia, the documentation required to start the authorisation process for a floating offshore wind farm off the southern coast of the province of Lecce, Italy.
As with their first project off the coast of Brindisi, Kailia Energia, announced last September, the project developers behind Odra Energia are about to begin a voluntary preliminary consultation process aimed at providing a better understanding of the scope of the environmental impact study which will be carried out.

The maximum installed capacity envisaged for the Odra Energia project is around 1.3 GW. The estimated annual production is about 4 TWh. As with more traditional projects, and in line with what has been done for Kailia Energia, the project developers have already started a series of meetings with stakeholders in the Lecce area in order to establish a continuous relationship of openness and dialogue on the project proposal.

The developers claim that the project's construction has the potential to create 1,500 direct jobs and grow to 4,000 during peak periods. After the wind farm comes into operation, it is estimated that more than 150 stable jobs will be created for maintenance activities, of which about 80% will come from local resources.

It also stated that the supply of goods and services for the construction and maintenance of the floating offshore wind farm will primarily involve local companies, with enhancement of the local workforce and expansion of skills related to energy sustainability.

The project will rely on ports in the region, both for construction and maintenance activities, offering the possibility to diversify the nature of infrastructure, the quantity and quality of services offered in support of floating offshore wind potentially also for other floating wind projects in the Mediterranean Sea.