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Application published for Hexicon’s first Italian floating offshore project

The first of five applications for floating offshore wind farms to be developed off the coasts of Sardinia, Sicily, and Puglia by Swedish developer Hexicon’s joint venture with Italian firm Avapa Energy, AvenHexicon Srl, has been published.

Hexicon's patented floating wind design, TwinWind, consists of one foundation with dual turbines
Hexicon's patented floating wind design, TwinWind, consists of one foundation with dual turbines

Grid and maritime concession applications have been filed for all five sites, and the first has now been published for a 1.2GW project outside of Porto Empedocle in the Strait of Sicily.

“This is certainly the first step in the positive and constructive process that we are prepared to follow to complete the permitting process with full involvement of all concerned stakeholders – from local communities to industrial groups, environmental groups, and the transmission network operator,” said AvenHexicon chief executive, Alberto Dalla Rosa.

With a large coastline and good wind resources, Italy has strong potential for floating wind in the deep waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The country aims to generate 55% of its total electricity generation from renewables by 2030, adding up to 7GW of capacity a year.

Developers Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy unveiled plans in May for the 975MW Tibula Energia floating wind farm off Sardinia’s coast.

Hexicon is a project developer and technology provider. Its patented floating wind design – TwinWind consists of one foundation with dual turbines.

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