The integrated Sulcis project

The will to provide an effective answer to Sulcis’s demand for action lies behind the "Sulcis Plan", signed in late 2012 by the Italian Government, the Sardinia Region, the Province of Carbonia Iglesias.

The main and most innovative project within the Plan is the new Technological Pole for Clean Energy. The project, planned by Sotacarbo in close collaboration with ENEA, has different goals – one is to develop, test and design engineering solutions based on the most advanced and financially viable CCS technologies (Carbon Capture and Storage).Coal bunker

In August 2013 the project got the final go ahead. It is basically made of two phases: the first aims to develop a research center to study carbon dioxide capture and storage techniques and also to develop a 50 MWt CO2 capture experimental plant; the second phase involves the construction of a CCS power plant.

The project is in line with the European research program following the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), characterized by large funding for applied research initiatives, and it is part of the research activities on the Sulcis coalfield, as a potential site for the storage of CO2. Since 2004 ENEA, CNR, CSR, INGV and OGS have been carrying out this study with the support of scientific and technologic networks launched by the European Union, private partners such as Sotacarbo, Carbosulcis, University of Rome La Sapienza and University of Cagliari.

In February 2014 the Italian Parliament, with the Law Decree-nr 145/2013 “Destination Italy”, established terms, conditions and measure of the funding to build a new coal plant with carbon capture and storage technologies (CCS) in the Sulcis Iglesiente area.