The journey of the concrete island

By Guido Trombetta on 11:27 PM ,

The immense concrete island towed by four tugboats is a "Regassification Plant" a power plant which, with an adiabatic process, transforms the liquid gas into its gaseous state. This one in particular is the world's first offshore gas platform measuring 180 metres (591 ft.) long, 88 metres (289 ft.) wide and 47 metres (154 ft.) tall with a storage capacity of 250,000 cubic metres. Something like a football stadium being towed across the mediterranean sea in a journey 22 days long.

will be floated across the Mediterranean, around the heel of Italy to its final destination 17 km (11 miles) off the coast of Venice in a scheduled 21-day journey. Practically an artificial island, the giant structure is designed to withstand winds, tides, and earthquakes in its final location, and any incidents that might occur in transit, according to Acciona.

The Departure
The "island" started its journey at the beginning of this month in Algeciras, Spain, where it has been built by the spanish infrastructures construction giant "Acciona".

photos by Reuters

The Arrival
... and after three weeks in the Mediterranean Sea arrives to its final destination:
15 kilometres off-shore Porto Viro in the Adriatic Sea (Italy). Here it will provide the 10% of Italian gas needs. It costed 2000 billions euros and ten years of planning

photos by Edison


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