Over the years the plant’s role in the electricity system declined significantly until eventually it became marginal to an energy scenario that had changed profoundly. The Campomarino plant produced its last kilowatt hour in 2012 and Enel requested and obtained from the Ministry of Economic Development the authorization to cease activity and secure the plant on 30 January 2013. In 2015 the plant was included in the project Futur-e. Some of the plant’s components that are no longer in use have already been recovered and transferred to other plants that are still active, in keeping with the principles of the circular economy.
The plant is located within in a vast agricultural area, about 3 km from the sea and from the larger conurbations of Campomarino and Portocannone, slightly further away is the Termoli industrial complex.
The town of Campomarino extends inland from the Adriatic coast. The city centre is less than a kilometre from the beaches at Lido, which in the recent past has experienced significant development that has given life to a vibrant tourist industry.
The predominantly agricultural economy of Campomarino is based in particular on the cultivation of grapes, which were introduced in ancient times by the Romans and the Samnites and over the years led to the development of an important winemaking industry. Other crops include wheat and cereals, olive trees and fruit trees (peaches, apricots, apples), while nowadays watermelons and melons are also cultivated in the area.