Portoscuso (Southern Sardinia, Sardinia)


Thermoelectric powered by fuel oil plant


138,000 sq.m.

Plant’s gross capacity

320 MW

The territory

A seaside town and ancient harbour for the Phoenicians, Romans and Carthaginians, in the sixteenth century the town’s current form began to take shape. Initially a port for tuna fishermen, it was known as "Porto Nascosto "  (the Hidden Port) – the origin of the name comes from the Spanish Puerto Escuso – and went on to grow into the town it is today.

Industry and tourism are the two mainstays of the economy of the Portoscuso area today. In the area of Portovesme over the years industrial facilities have caused various pollution problems, including the phenomenon of the so-called red mud, linked to the presence of a collection area for bauxite processing waste.

Environmental problems have not prevented the area from developing as a tourist destination, offering services to visitors attracted by the natural beauty of sites such as the island of San Pietro, Cala Lunga, or the Pan di Zucchero, a limestone rock formation 133 meters high that in the eighteenth century was renamed after Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro for its similarity to the famous Brazilian peak.