Campomarino: the local area has its say

Published on Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A future in the tourist sector or in agricultural food production. These are two of the propositions that emerged from the discussions held at the end of June between stakeholders at the headquarters of Confindustria Molise in Campobasso concerning the repurposing of the former thermoelectric power plant in Campomarino.

The various proposals were taken into consideration following a series of interviews that began in March. These involved associations, institutional representatives and the business world, as well as academic experts. They were brought together for the conclusive phase, with the objective of exploring the potential redevelopment scenarios for the former power plant. Enel, together with representatives of the Molise Regional administration, the Provincial administration of Campobasso and the Campomarino Municipality, took part in the meeting in June, along with those from Confindustria, Legambiente, the Milan Polytechnic and the d’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara.

Campomarino is one of 23 sites involved in our Futur-e project. This initiative identifies sustainable and innovative solutions for power plants that have come to the end of their active lives in the energy sector with a view to creating new alternative opportunities for the local areas in which they were constructed. After entering into service in 1984, the Campomarino plant had an installed capacity of 88.8MW and was withdrawn from service in 2013. The future potential for the site is, however, considerable: covering some 6.5 hectares, it is located in an agricultural area just a short distance from some local points of interest such as the Campomarino town centre (4 km), Campomarino Lido (7 km), Portocannone (5 km) and the industrial area in Termoli (8 km). Some parts of the plant, moreover, have already been relocated and put into use at other functioning power plants, in keeping with the principles of the circular economy.

Thanks to the transversal and multidisciplinary approach of the workshop organised at the end of June, the indications that emerged will now be summarised by the working group from the Milan Polytechnic. The next phase involves the integration of these ideas into the contract tender for the plant, together with an informative dossier containing the main information about the site and its context. The project contest, in fact, will follow a very precise procedure: following the presentation of the manifestations of interest for the area and the verification of the established requisites, a planning proposal can be put forward which includes a binding offer for the purchase of the site. A technical commission consisting of Enel representatives and members of the local institutions will then give the go ahead for the final phase for the definitive project.

Thanks to Enel, the former power plant in Campomarino will be able to write its own future.

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