On 16 June saw the official opening in Genoa of Ansaldo Energia's new Genova Cornigliano production facility. It will be used to assemble the range of gas turbines and, in particular, the GT 36, the latest generation 570-tonne maxi turbine that can now be shipped directly by sea.
The ceremony was attended by the top management of Ansaldo Energia's shareholders - Claudio Costamagna, Chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Group, Guido Rivolta, CEO of Cdp Equity, and Huang Dinan, Chairman of Shanghai Electric Group, Ansaldo Energia's industrial partner since 2014 - and of Ansaldo Energia itself, with Chairman Giuseppe Zampini and CEO Filippo Abba'. Representing the Italian Government were Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti and Under Secretary for Economic Development the Hon. Ivan Scalfarotto. Also in attendance were top Liguria Regional Administration figures Giovanni Toti and Edoardo Rixi, President and Economic Development Councilor respectively, and the Mayor of Genoa, Marco Doria. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was also attended by the representatives of two important Customers: Shenergy General Manager Wu Jianxiong and Shanghai Electric Power Chairman Wang Yundan.
"Today represents both an important point of arrival, as well as a significant point of departure," commented Zampini. "We have successfully completed something we set out to do a long time ago, or in other words to provide Ansaldo Energia with direct access to sea transport, which is essential for us to have the entire production process located in Genoa. All this has been made possible by, among other things, the proactive cooperation of the Port Authority, local and government institutions, and the area as whole"