Italian developer shelves Sardinian project

Local opposition to 100MW wind farm behind Seva's decision

Italian wind energy developer Seva has dropped plans for a 100MW project off the island of Asinara, north-west of Sardinia, in the Mediterranean Sea. The decision was taken after months of strong opposition from local authorities and environmental groups.

The 28 3.6MW-turbine project was to be built within sight of Asinara, once home to a high-security prison and part of a natural reserve. Seva applied for a 50-year licence from the Porto Torres maritime authorities in April 2012, prompting a barrage of protests from local NGOs.

Sardinia's regional government said at the time that it would not allow any offshore wind developments in its waters. Sardinia is a prime tourist destination in the Mediterranean.

Regional councillor Nicola Rassu said Seva's decision to ditch the project was "a victory for the whole of Sardinia," adding that the wind farm would have had a "huge and devastating impact" on the area.

Italy has a number of offshore projects in the pipeline, but no immediate prospects for any of them to be built.

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