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Galileo and Hope Group unveil plans for 1.1 GW floating project in Italy

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 23/02/2023 Galileo
Galileo and Hope Group have launched a new joint venture (JV), named Barium Bayn dedicated to additional floating wind development in Italy’s Adriatic Sea.

The plant will have a target capacity of 1,100MW and will be using floating offshore wind technology. The project, carrying the same name as the joint venture, will be positioned over 40 kilometres from the shoreline, spread from Barium to north of Barletta.

According to the joint venture partners, the wind farm will feature 74 wind turbines of 15 MW each and be able to capture wind speeds sufficient to produce over 3 billion kilowatt hours. They claim this will meet the annual electricity demand of over one million Italian households.

The joint venture is currently completing the necessary environmental and technical studies, with the objective to file its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) application within summer 2023. In parallel, the JV will begin a 24-month wind measurement campaign at sea together with Eolos Floating Lidar Solutions, the Spanish firm specialised in this sector.

“We are enthusiastic and satisfied for having strengthened our partnership with Galileo. This confirms the validity of our collaboration and the synergies arising from it, thanks to which we developed competencies making us a reference in the growing Italian offshore wind market. Barium Bay is an incredible opportunity also for the local community, which can become a hub of new capabilities for the energy transition. We are impressed by the positive and constructive discussions that we are having, on a daily basis, with local and national institutions: this makes us optimistic about the next steps of the project”
said Michele Scoppio, CEO of Hope Group.

“Barium Bay is a landmark project thanks to both its scale and potential contribution to Italy’s energy transition using exclusively local energy sources. The Adriatic Sea offers a winning combination of key factors that make floating offshore wind projects highly attractive for Italy: good wind speeds, vast areas, and suitable connection solutions to the national grid. Finding a valid answer to cover the electricity needs of over a million Italian households is a great source of motivation and determination!”
affirms Ingmar Wilhelm, Galileo’s Chief Executive Officer.

The announcement follows the filing of an EIA application with the Italian Ministry of Environment and Energy Security and to the Ministry of Culture on 30 December 2022 by Lupiae Maris. It concerned a
525 MW floating offshore wind project in Apulia (Italy). With a total 35 turbines to be installed off the coast of Brindisi and Lecce the project is expected to provide power for around 500,000 homes.

Galileo and Hope Group they will use the same technology for the newly announced Barium Bayn project Apulia, Italy, as it will for the the Brindisi and Lecce project.

For more information on floating offshore wind farms worldwide, click here.


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