Plenitude and Simply Blue Group to jointly develop Italian floating wind projects

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 17/01/2023 Plenitude and Simply Blue Group
Plenitude, a Benefit Corporation (Società Benefit) company of Eni, and Simply Blue Group, an Irish blue economy project developer, have signed an agreement for the joint development of a pipeline of new floating offshore wind projects in Italy.

The first two floating offshore wind projects, Messapia in Apulia and Krimisa in Calabria, have already been submitted to the relevant authorities. Overall, it is estimated that the two projects will be able to cover the energy needs corresponding to the electricity consumption of more than 2.5 million households.

The Messapia project, located about 30 km off the Otranto coast, will have a total capacity of 1.3 GW and will be able to provide annual power generation of about 3.8 TWh.

The Krimisa project, located about 45 km off the coast of Crotone, will have a total capacity of 1.1 GW and will be able to provide annual energy production of up to 3.5 TWh.
Stefano Goberti, CEO of Plenitude, commented: "With this partnership, Plenitude expands its portfolio of floating wind projects in line with its target of reaching 15GW of renewable capacity by 2030 and reaffirms its commitment to creating an offshore wind supply chain in Italy. For Plenitude, offshore wind is a key contributor to the energy transition path and the achievement of our 2040 carbon neutrality targets to provide fully decarbonized energy to our customers."

Sam Roch-Perks, Group Chief Executive Officer of Simply Blue Group said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Plenitude and increasing our pipeline of global projects. Italy represents a big opportunity in floating offshore wind, and we look forward to combining our expertise and delivering innovative projects that will provide real solutions to the climate crisis”.