The Po valley has also become the valley of energy and Ravenna is certainly its capital, as well as being the main offshore pole in Italy.
In the 1990s, the Ravenna offshore produced almost one third of the gas consumed in Italy. Today only 2.8 billion cubic meters of gas are produced in Italy, 50% of that produced in Adriatic offshore Ravenna. But production could rise to 4 billion cubic meters in just one year, if the activities that have currently been blocked by the Italian government resume. Gas, as a source of transition to renewable energy, is confirmed as the energy we have in greater quantity at affordable prices, given that it is 0 km, in the Adriatic, and with the greatest environmental sustainability. Ravenna companies are ready to resume offshore activities off our coasts. In the meantime they work abroad, because they have acquired know-how recognized all over the world. But it is clear that by working only with foreign countries, the internal occupation suffers. Ravenna Capital of offshore energy because in the Adriatic, in addition to the production of methane gas, important projects for renewable energy are being developed. The first and most important offshore wind farm and an innovative floating solar park will be built in the Ravenna offshore. Eni has installed and launched an innovative system capable of transforming the energy produced by waves into electricity, also adapting to the different conditions of the sea so as to ensure high continuity in energy production. The technology used is that of the Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter, created with a spin-off of the Turin Polytechnic. In addition, Eni has designed the ‘capture’ of CO2 and storage in disused fields, offshore Ravenna. Eni has started the decommissioning of wells and platforms that have no longer been productive for years. A contribution to the environment, but also to the circular economy because some structures may be used for new activities, such as artificial reefs, fish farms, supports for alternative energy systems, islands as a destination for boaters and sport divers. A site of European interest has already been created in the Ravenna offshore using steel structures from disused platforms. The SIC, called Paguro, attracts thousands of underwater tourists.
The first museum of underwater activities was created in Marina di Ravenna where, among other things, the equipment used in the offshore is exhibited. Ravenna hosts the Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC), which brings 25,000 visitors to Ravenna. May 2022 edition will have a broader direction for the first time, embracing themes ranging from renewables, energy efficiency, decarbonisation and circular economy. In Ravenna, industry coexists with other activities such as tourism and agriculture. Ravenna has 7 UNESCO sites and well-equipped beaches with all the comforts for an increasingly demanding tourism.