With the contraction of consumption and the lower competitiveness of the type of plant, in recent years the production of the plant has decreased significantly. Currently none of the 3 thermoelectric sections is available for production. Group 2 and Group 3 have been in storage since 2014, while Group 1 has been out of service since 01 January 2016.
The glorious past of the city is visible also for the contemporary visitor, who today can find the fortifications and the Swabian Castle, the old town built on a sort of island, the buildings from the Middle Ages, the Baroque churches and Art Nouveau buildings.
The central role of the sea emerges in many details: urbanism, traditions, activities that throughout the centuries have characterised the local economy. The sea village of Brucoli is one of the most interesting tourist attractions and the port tells the ancient past and present of the city.
The Petrochemical Pole of Augusta is the largest and most important in Europe. Developed in the second half of the twentieth century, it has contributed to the economic growth of the city and its urban and social transformation, with the gradual abandonment of agricultural activities.
However, since the Eighties the Pole has suffered the transformation of the petrochemical market, opening a wide debate on the future of the whole area that needs a broad and deep action of environmental restoration.