Russian region backs 1GW plans

RUSSIA: The Ulyanovsk region in southern Russia is targeting up to 700MW of wind by 2024, with hopes of expanding to 1GW, the Russian Association of the Wind Industry (RAWI) has said.

Ulyanovsk governor Sergei Morozov

RAWI reported the region's governor Sergei Morozov telling reporters: "We are building a wind park together with Rusnano. It is small – 35MW.

"We plan to go further: to go to 650-700MW, and maybe even to gigawatts in our region, if wind measurement will allow."

According to RAWI, Morozov said investments would need to reach €1 billion to reach its target.

Last month, state-owned nanotechnology investor Rusnano signed an agreement with Finnish developer Fortum to install up to 200MW in Russia in the next few years, including a 35MW project in Ulyanovsk.

In September 2016, Chinese turbine manufacturer Dongfang signed an agreement with the local government of Ulyanovsk and the Ulanotech research centre to build a blade production facility in Russia.