Russian partners plan Leningrad wind farm

RUSSIA: The Russian Association of Wind Industry (RAWI) has formed a joint venture (JV) aiming to build the first wind farm in westerly Leningrad province.

Finnish developer Fortum’s 35MW Ulyanovsk project near the city of the same name - Russia's first wind farm

It will work with international shipping company Onego Shipping to develop the 69MW project in the Volkhov district, with commissioning expected between 2022 and 2023, it stated.

The partners stated that they expect to receive a building permit before the end of the year, and then intend to attract a strategic investor for the project.

They are "considering cooperation" with foreign manufacturers Siemens Gamesa, Vestas and Ukrainian company Fuhrländer Windtechnology on the project, which will be called Wind Park N 1 in the Leningrad region, the partners added. Legally, Russian wind farms must include 65% local content, and 44% of turbine materials must be sourced locally, according to RAWI.

The shareholders have sent a partnership proposal to Leningrad’s Committee for the Fuel and Energy Complex, they stated.

They have also applied to win a 15-year tariff with a 12% per annum basic rate of return from the NP Market Council, which generates and sells electric power in Russia’s wholesale or retail markets. RAWI stated that if it was successful, the tariff imposed on the sale of electricity would provide certainty to potential investors.

In September, the RAWI announced it had signed an agreement with the Russian Investment Agency to create a RUB100-billion (US$1.75 billion) ‘Wind Energy Fund’. The RAWI-Onego project would be one of the projects to receive funding, RAWI added.

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Wind Park N 1 in the Leningrad Region faces competition to be the province’s first operational wind farm.

Natural gas producer Gazprom’s thermal power generating subsidiary TeploGeneriruyushchaya Kompaniya 1 (PJSC TGK-1) reportedly wants to build 50MW of wind capacity across six sites around St Petersburg.

To date, Russia has only one commercial-scale wind farm in operation: Finnish developer Fortum’s 35MW Ulyanovsk project near the city of the same name, about 680km south-east of Moscow.

Fortum is developing around 1GW of wind capacity in the country, and according to RAWI, a 1GW renewable energy tender, including 899MW of wind power, is due to take place this year.

Last June, a 1.65GW allocation was awarded to three developers: Fortum, Enel Green Power, and JSC VetroSGC, the wind energy subsidiary of state nuclear firm Rosatom.