Ravenna, Italy (PortSEurope) February 19, 2021 – Partners Saipem and Qint’x have jointly presented the Agnes project in Ravenna. Agnes is a company established to develop of a renewable energy project in Italy, in the Adriatic Sea close to Ravenna port. The Port of Ravenna will be used as operational base for the construction of both the wind farm and the floating solar platforms. This port is currently being
expanded and several companies working in offshore processing are already present at the port. Giannantonio Mingozzi, President Ravenna Container Terminal, said that the prospect of Ravenna becoming an Italian capital of energy and of innovative companies, is welcome news. The development of the offshore energy hub will also benefit the port which can provide transport and services. He added that companies such as Rosetti, PIR for LNG, Righini and now Agnes and Qint’x on wind power, can make up a network of research and innovation. All these companies are grouped into an association called ROCA (Ravenna Offshore Contractor Association). The project is also supported by local unions. Secretary General Carlo Sama of UIL of Ravenna commented that it was an opportunity not to be missed both for the city and the wider Ravenna area. He added that the offshore project which includes 65 wind turbines positioned over 12 miles in addition to floating photovoltaics and hydrogen production, can represent the definitive turning point towards an energy and ecological transition. The Project The numbers of the Agnes project indicate a fully operational capacity to produce about 620 MW of wind and solar energy, which is accompanied by a production of over 4,000 tons of green hydrogen per year. A total of 1.5 terawatt hours of electricity produced annually by wind and solar power, sufficient for the needs of more than 500,000 families. With all this Ravenna is a candidate to become the reference hub for the entire project both for the construction of the plants and as an organizational base. The project envisages “areas with minimal visual impact – as the project managers say – at a distance of at least 10 nautical miles”. A distance from the Port of Ravenna of about 20 km which can allow the creation of a short supply chain system. The plant would be divided into 2 areas (called Romagna 1 and Romagna 2). Romagna 1 foresees the presence of a wind farm of 15 turbines and a photovoltaic park which would also exploit a disused platform in the oil & gas sector. The plant would develop from a distance of about 10 nautical miles. Romagna 2 would rise a little further from the coast at over 12 nautical miles and envisages the installation of a wind farm consisting of 50 wind turbines. North of the industrial area underground power line to arrive at the on-shore power station where the energy conversion will be carried out. It would be the first project in which hydrogen and photovoltaics at sea will be implemented on a commercial scale. But in addition to the production of energy, the managers of the Agnes project ensure a particular interest in the creation of a plant with a reduced landscape impact, so as not to hinder the tourist attractiveness of Ravenna.“ Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.
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