An investment of 60 million euros to convert the former Enel power plant based in Porto Tolle into a tourist village. The project was presented in Venice on 28 June during a press conference attended by Enel CEO Francesco Starace together with the President of the Veneto Regional administration Luca Zaia, the Mayor of Porto Tolle Roberto Pizzoli and Marco Galletti, CEO of Human Company, the firm that has purchased the site and is currently working on the conversion plan.
The project at Porto Tolle goes by the name “Delta Farm” and is part of Futur-e, the Enel programme launched to bring new life to former industrial facilities by repurposing 23 thermoelectric power plants and a former mining area in full cooperation with the local communities. “The solution identified to give new life to the Porto Tolle power plant shows how it is possible to create value through projects focused on sustainability,” pointed out CEO Francesco Starace in his address. “Delta Farm” is both a model of industrial asset recovery and an example of developing the tourist potential of a site and its surrounding area through the valorisation of the environment.
The tourist village will cover an area of 110 hectares, 20 of which are wooded. The new structure is set to open its doors in 2023 and it will be able to accommodate up to 8,000 tourists a day. The village will also include between 2,000 and 2,200 tent pitches. In employment terms, the project means jobs for approximately from 2022 to 2023. “This is the largest and certainly the most problematic site, after having missed the boat with the project to convert to clean coal, a technology that now belongs to the past,” explained Francesco Starace as he retraced the history of the site. “As long as the plant had reason to exist, from its opening in 1980 until 2000, it had positive effects on the local area. This project, which was not the only one, met with the approval of all the stakeholders. It was also interesting to see that in the end, the workforce at the site will be larger than it was when the power plant was active,” Enel's CEO pointed out.
“This is a huge circular economy initiative,” reiterated Mr Starace, stressing the value of the Futur-e project. “We identified 23 industrial sites – with a previous combined capacity of 13,000 megawatts – that had reached, or were nearing, the end of their productive life cycles and we involved the local stakeholders to gather ideas and projects for the future of these facilities.”
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