Enel turns on a new 40 MW geothermal plant in Italy
Enel Green Power has completed a new geothermal plant in Italy to add another 40 MW of clean energy to the grid.
The Bagnore 4 plant runs two 20 MW turbines, and joins the existing 20 MW Bagnore 3 plant, both located in the municipalities of Santa Fiora and Arcidosso, near Grosseto, in the Italian region of Tuscany. With a total investment of 120 million euros, the plant will generate 310 GWh every year.
The €120 million investment has been partly financed with funds from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The project is part of the company's growth targets set out in Enel Green Power’s 2014-2018 business plan, which calls for around 600 million euros of investment in geothermal power in Tuscany.
The construction has needed about 130 workers for more than one year while about 40 will continue the operation and maintenance tasks.
Enel Green Power’s new plant was designed to meet the highest international standards and to employ the most environmentally friendly technology available. Bagnore 4 also boasts a sophisticated monitoring and remote diagnostics system to ensure high reliability and efficiency.
All the materials used in the construction were made in Italy. Enel Green Power is also working with local governments to provide training and the transfer of know-how in order to develop a local pool of highly-specialised entrepreneurs in the engineering and automation sectors in order to amplify the benefits to the surrounding area and expand indirect employment.