The traditional Rankine cycle power plant is fed by fuel oil and consists of 4 sections, each with a capacity of 320 MW. In addition to the structures and equipment connected with the production, it is equipped with a deposit for mineral oils consisting of 4 tanks, 50,000 cm each and a 100,000 cubic tank. The 4 boilers of combustion fumes are conveyed towards the outside through two chimneys 200 m high; water effluents are processed in a centralised plant for wastewater treatment.
In 2015 Enel prepared a plan to dispose of the site, to be examined by the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea. The plan follows the communication of acceptance by the Ministry of Economic Development of Enel’s waiver stating unavailable all production groups.
In 2012 the plant, which became marginal in the Italian electricity market, entered into service to deal with the emergency originated by the gas crisis in the international scenario. In 2013, following the adjustment requirements, it has restricted the operation of each group to 500 hours / year.
Industry and the sea are the two main areas of the economy of Piombino, the first linked in particular to the age-old tradition of iron and steel, while the second results in fishing, tourism and trade. The port of Piombino, which is currently being extended, is the second largest airport of Tuscany after Livorno.
One can breathe the millennial history of the city walking both in the town and in the surrounding area. Churches and cathedrals, civil and military buildings and then the long series of coastal towers, including Torre del Sale, which gives its name to Enel’s plant, tell the glorious past of Piombino that has its origins in the Etruscan civilization and arrives until the second World War.
The parks of Val di Cornia offer a unique opportunity to immerse in a land boundary between the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian seas made of gulfs, hills and headlands protected thanks to several natural parks such as those Sterpaia of Ramigliano, Montioni or the oasis of Orti-Bottagone managed by the WWF.