Supplying the water for Monte Amiata
The Monte Amiata massif is home to the most important ski resort in southern Tuscany. In the Tuscan "Anti-Apennines", the popular Monte Amiata resort stands between Maremma, Val D'Orcia and Val di Chiana, not far from Umbria and Lazio, in an ideal position for ski lovers in central Italy.
Its altitude and location ensure good skiing all winter long. The resort boasts 12 slopes for alpine skiing, 4 cross-country runs, a snowpark and as many as 8 ski lifts. The Monte Amiata resort also offers the experience of night skiing on a suitably-equipped slope.
Some of the resort's runs are equipped with programmed snowmaking. This summer, some work will be done to extend the facilities ready for winter 2013/14. To take care of the water supply, a new pumping plant with three 15-l/s 132-kW pumps will be installed by TechnoAlpin in the adjoining municipality of Abbadia San Salvatore (900 m a.s.l.). The water will be pumped along a 5.8-km pipeline into the reservoir at Pian della Marsiliana (1,420 m a.s.l.).
TechnoAlpin is building all the pumping plants to order, tailoring them to the in situ conditions. The same applies to the pumping plant at Monte Amiata: it is being prefabricated directly at TechnoAlpin's Bolzano works, where a dedicated team is welding the various components. These will then be transported to Abbadia San Salvatore for installation. TechnoAlpin is also handling the commissioning of the facility's hydraulic and electrical systems, so the Monte Amiata managers will be able to rely on uniform components. To ensure that the system operates as it should, it is vital that the components are fully compatible; hence, having all the components made by the same supplier represents a real benefit.