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Japan investigating projects on Kuril Islands

RUSSIA: Japanese investors are interested in the building of several wind projects on the Kuril Islands, and are in discussion with Russian authorities.

The Bogdan Khmelnytsky volcano on Iturup in the Kuril Islands
The Bogdan Khmelnytsky volcano on Iturup in the Kuril Islands

The Kurils are located in the Sakhalin Oblast region of far-eastern Russia. There are 56 volcanic islands stretching 1,300 kilometres between Kamchatka in Russia and Hokkaido, northern Japan.

It is planned that future plants will be primarily built on Iturup Island, which has the best geographical conditions of the archipelago for the establishment of wind projects. Other options may also include Kunashir.

Planned capacities of wind farms are not disclosed, however, according to some sources close to the Sakhalin Oblast region, they may reach 50MW at the initial stage with the possibility of expansion in due course.

Future power will be supplied both to mainland Russia and Japan.

It is thought that the contract between Japanese business for the building of new wind power plants may be signed during the Eastern Economic Forum (6-7 September) business event held in Russia for local and Asian-Pacific companies.

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