Ottana power plant

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Ottana power plant is a cancelled power station in Ottana, Nuoro, Italy.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Ottana power plant Ottana, Nuoro, Italy 40.2336, 9.0386 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled coal - bituminous 140 MW - - -

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit 1 Ottana Energia Ottana Energia


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The 140-MW oil-fired Ottana power plant in the center-north of the island provides energy to a nearby chemical industrial site. The plant began operation in 1974. In March 2001, the power plant was acquired by AES Corp from EniChema SPA.[1]

In October 2013, Ottana's city council considered a proposal from plant owner Paolo Clivati to convert the Ottana plant to run on coal instead of oil. The council voted unanimously (with one abstention) against the coal conversion plan and requested a full environmental impact study.[2] Community concerns about the Ottana plant's environmental impact were already running high after an April 14, 2013 incident in which oily soot, presumably emanating from the plant's smokestack, blackened the wool of sheep grazing near the plant and left a visible residue on surrounding trees, plants and pastureland.[3][4]

In March 2014, following additional requests from the Sardinian regional government for an environmental impact report, Clivati announced that plans for converting the plant to coal had indefinitely been placed on hold. Regional authorities expressed particular concern about the coal's plant's impact on the reproductive cycle of the little bustard (tetrax tetrax), a bird that lives in the vicinity of the plant. Clivati dismissed these concerns as 'ridiculous' and stated that further decisions on the coal conversion project would be 'frozen' pending the transition to a new government at both the regional and national level.[5]

According to a February 2017 article in La Nuova the Ottana project has been abandoned: “The coal project met the firm opposition of the territory, to the point that, in the end, it was withdrawn.“[6]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Gas- and Oil-Fired Plants in Italy: Ottana," Gas and power plants across the world, accessed November 2014.
  2. "No di Ottana a Clivati: il carbone inquina,", La Nuova Sardegna, October 2, 2013.
  3. "Ottana, il mistero delle pecore nere,", La Nuova Sardegna, April 16, 2013.
  4. "‘Pecore nere’ nella piana di Ottana, le aziende attendono ancora i risarcimenti,", Sardinia Post, June 1, 2013.
  5. "Ottana Energia, stop alla riconversione,", La Nuova Sardegna, March 2, 2014.
  6. "La rabbia del sindaco di Ottana «Il Governo ci dà solo schiaffi»," La Nuova, Feb 12, 2017

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