Enel breaks ground on 201MW wind farm in Russia

WCN Editorial Team 23 Sep 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Enel Green Power, a subsidiary of Italian energy company Enel, has broken ground on the 201MW Kolskaya wind farm located in the Russian region of Murmansk.

To be constructed with an investment of around €273m (£241m), the wind farm is lies beyond the Arctic Circle.

Enel Russia secured the award to build the 201MW Kolskaya wind project in 2017 from the Russian Government tender for the construction of 1.9GW of wind capacity in the country.

The company had also won the 90MW Azov wind project, which is presently under construction and is due for commissioning at the end of next year.

Enel stated that the wind farm is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2021 and will be able to generate nearly 750GWh of clean electricity annually while avoiding CO2 emissions of around 600,000 tonnes.

To be powered by 57 turbines, the wind farm will be spread across in an area of 257 hectares.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Enel Group Europe and Euro-Mediterranean affairs head Simone Mori, Enel Russia general director Carlo Palasciano Villamagna, Murmansk region Governor-elect Andrey Chibis and other representatives of regional and federal authorities.

Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “Kolskaya is our northernmost project, part of a global portfolio that now goes from beyond the Arctic Circle to the southernmost areas of Africa and that circles the world east to west from Australia to the western United States, under the most diverse and challenging climate conditions.

“Through the opening of this second construction site in Russia, we are taking the next step in the strengthening of our renewable portfolio in this country. Looking ahead, we are committed to scouting for further renewable opportunities in Russia while continuing to build and develop our current projects, leveraging on our strong presence and expertise in the area to progressively build a truly low-carbon footprint in Russia.”

In June this year, Enel Russia was awarded another wind project, the Rodnikovsky project with 71MW capacity. Located in the Stavropol region, the project is expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2024.

Enel Green Power has been given the responsibility of the development and construction of all the projects.

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Image: Enel begins construction of Russian wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of David Mark/Pixabay

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