Galileo, a European platform for renewable energy, has partnered with the Italian company Hope Group, to create a 1100 MW floating wind project in the Adriatic Sea.
The Barium Bay project will be located more than 40 kilometres from land and will encompass the area of the ocean north of Barletta from Barium.
There will be 74 15MW wind turbines at Barium Bay.
The new joint venture between the partners, also known as Barium Bay, is finishing up the technical and environmental studies with the aim of submitting its environmental impact assessment application by the middle of 2023.
Parallel to this, the Barium Bay JV and a Spanish expert, Eolos Floating Lidar Solutions, will start a 24-month wind measurement campaign at sea.
Galileo and Hope’s collaboration, which began with Lupiae Maris, the joint venture for the construction of a 525MW floating wind farm using the same technology in Apulia, Italy, off the shores of Brindisi and Lecce, is strengthened by the Barium Bay project.
Galileo’s Chief Executive Officer, Ingmar Wilhelm, said “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.”
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