Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy, two European energy companies, have joined forces to build a 975 MW floating wind farm off the coast of Sardinia. The Tibula Energia project will be located between 25 and 40 km off the island’s north-eastern coast and will include 62 floating wind turbines which will be “almost imperceptible” from the ground. The offshore wind farm is expected to generate more than 3.4 TWh of electricity while offsetting more than 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
Earlier this month, Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy submitted an application for a maritime concession for the Tibula Energia project. In the coming weeks, the two companies plan to discuss the project with local communities before starting the approval procedure with Italy’s Ministry of the Ecological Transition. Over the last year, Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy performed exploratory research on local sea and wind conditions, environmental impacts, and industrial infrastructure.
During the manufacturing, assembly, and construction stages, Tibula Energia is estimated to provide about 3,200 full-time jobs. More than 180 people will be hired to maintain the plant once it is operational. In October 2021, Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy teamed up to install floating wind farms off the coast of Italy.