In May 2019, a preliminary sales and purchase agreement for the site was signed with Human Company, which had submitted a repurposing proposal to transform the site into an innovative open-air tourist hub.
Following a listening tour of the local area, the Call for Projects was launched in May 2016 to identify sustainable repurposing solutions for the site.
Proposals were examined by the Evaluation Committee, which included representatives of the Municipality of Porto Tolle, the University of Padua, Enel and the Polytechnic University of Milan. The projects that met the social, environmental and economic sustainability criteria were selected for the next phase.
In September 2017, the Committee completed its work and Enel began negotiations with the parties involved. In July 2018, Enel signed a letter of intent with Human Company to verify the technical and environmental feasibility and the relevant authorisations for the repurposing and acquisition project.
The plant ceased production activities on 1 January 2015, after being the subject of a conservation order. In actual fact, an authorisation procedure had been initiated for the coal conversion of the plant, but the request was never completed. The main energy generation components were then either dismantled or transferred to other Enel plants.
The plant first came into service in 1980 and until the end of the 1990s it accounted for around 10% of Enel's national production.
The local area
The Municipality of Porto Tolle consists of 11 villages, some of which are very small and with a just few hundred inhabitants, whose forefathers literally emerged from the river in the early 17th century. This was when the Republic of Venice built the Taglio di Porto Viro, a massive hydraulic project designed to divert the river and reduce the flow of debris into the lagoon.
The River Po is the heart and soul of the Polesine area. The delta of the river widens between the Veneto and Emilia regions creating one of the largest wetlands in Europe and the Mediterranean. The section in the Veneto region covers 786 square kilometres, of which over 160 are valleys and lagoons, in nine different municipalities.
The great wealth of biodiversity, culture and history of the Polesine area is largely protected by the Delta Park, which covers 120 square kilometres.
Purchase and Redevelopment Procedure
Enel Produzione s.p.a. :
- Considering the relevant outcomes registered to date by the Procedure of redevelopment and acquisition of the industrial site of Enel Porto Tolle (RO);
- Aiming at allowing the best preparation of the Project Proposals;
- Reiterating the opportunity offered by the initiative to the local area;
- Considering the several requests received to that effect.
The deadline for submitting the Project Proposal together with the Economic Binding Offer is extended from February 3rd, 2017, to February 24rd, 2017.
Enel, in accordance with the Open Power philosophy and the Futur-e project, will launch a purchase and redevelopment procedure designed to select proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of its thermal power plant located in Porto Tolle (Polesine).
The Procedure is divided into two phases:
- Expression of Interest;
- Due diligence, survey, project proposal and site binding purchase offer.
The two phases of the Procedure will be presented in detail in the document “Invitation for Expressions of Interest for the redevelopment and purchase of Enel’s Porto Tolle industrial site” published on this website.
For the Porto Tolle plant, the deadline for submission of the Expressions of Interest is extended from 2 September to 30 September 2016.
The decision to extend the deadline for the procedure regarding the plant in the province of Rovigo was taken by Enel to allow the best possible preparation of the redevelopment proposals for the project, which represents an important opportunity for this area, and follows the many requests submitted to that effect.
The project proposals will be assessed in terms of their suitability. They were evaluated in terms of the requirements established in the Procedure, which is designed to enhance innovative and sustainable projects from a social, economic and environmental viewpoint, with a special focus on the opportunities and needs of the local community.
The impartiality and quality of the jury will be guaranteed by the presence of representatives from Milan Polytechnic, while local needs will be considered by representatives from local authorities.
Once the project ideas have been selected, Enel will start negotiations with the organisations that have submitted the relevant binding site purchase offers in order to bring about the sale of the Plant area.
Discover the details regarding the procedure for the purchase and redevelopment of the Porto Tolle power plant.
On this page you will find the “Expression of Interest” for participation, the relevant documentation and a series of supporting materials.
The Expressions of Interest must be submitted at the latest by 30 September 2016 at 12 a.m., and are subject to a preliminary verification by Enel, as to whether they meet the established requirements.
The Project proposals and their Binding Economic Offers must be submitted at the latest by February 24rd, 2017.