- Sustainability, environmental certification and employee safety amongst the winning requirements of the tender
- New substations to connect wind farms and photovoltaic plants will benefit electricity grid efficiency: the works will involve 22 specialised firms, all Italian, for the next 5 years
(PRESS RELEASE) ROME, 17-Mar-2021 — /EuropaWire/ — Italian electricity transmission grid operator Terna announces that it has awarded a € 360 Million tender for new substations across the entire Italian territory. The contracts in the form of Temporary Joint Ventures were awarded to 22 Italian firms that are highly specialised for the complexity of the works.
Specifically, the activities will involve the turnkey design and execution of electrical substations to be installed over the next five years at key points on the national transmission grid (both for new connections and to replace existing systems), mainly in central and southern Italy. The structures will be used to integrate energy produced by renewable sources, particularly wind farms and photovoltaic plants, and will contribute to improving the efficiency, sustainability and resilience of the national electricity grid, also with a view to decarbonising the Italian energy system.
The tender procedure was carried out in accordance with current legislation on contracts for special sectors and assigned 5 batches from the electromechanical and civil works to the 22 winning firms (6 from the North of Italy, 10 from the Centre, 6 from the South). In particular, Terna has included among the technical assessment criteria sustainability requirements – such as the use of recycled materials and possession of environmental and energy certifications – and those of legality and safeguarding employees’ health and safety. This is part of Terna’s sustainable approach to the territory – strategic leverage for the company’s investments – thanks to the construction of infrastructures that meet the needs of the electricity system and are also integrated into the environment, in some cases even enhancing the territory itself: examples of this are the Capri electricity substation, a unique model of innovative design resulting from a design competition held by Terna, and the Suvereto (Livorno, Tuscany) electricity substation, for which Terna promoted an architectural contest to make the infrastructure blend aesthetically with the landscape.
The tender procedure is part of the performance of the activities provided for in Terna’s 2021-2025 Industrial Plan and aims to enable, also during this covid-19 crisis, an efficient and secure resumption of the production of small and medium-sized companies in the sector, in support of the economic recovery of the entire industrial supply chain involved and therefore of the country. Terna currently manages over 74,000 km of high and extra-high voltage electricity grid, 888 substations and 736 transformers through 4 control centres across Italy.
Overall, Terna avails itself of approximately 2,000 suppliers, the vast majority of them Italian (97%), used each year in hundreds of construction sites: these are mostly small and medium-sized companies, active in the construction sectors and electromechanics, but also ICT and innovative services.
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SOURCE: TERNA S.p.A.