The nacelles for turbines in the manufacturer’s 4MW class will be the first wind power components to be produced in the country, according to the Russian Association of the Wind Industry (RAWI).
Nacelles produced at the factory will be used at a 50MW wind farm to be built in the Ulyanovsk region by a joint venture (JV) of Finnish power company Fortum and Russian technology giant Rusnano.
Nils de Baar, Vestas’ president of northern and central Europe, said the start of production at the site was an expression of the company’s readiness to work in the Russian wind market.
"This is an achievement that will foster the investments in the regional economy in accordance with the requirements of Russian legislation," he added.
Vestas announced its intention to set up Russian manufacturing sites in order to comply with the country’s strict local content laws, after being named the chosen supplier for the 1GW capacity won by Finnish power company Fortum last June.
The Nizhny Novgorod factory has created about 50 jobs, RAWI stated.
The manufacturer will also set up a blade factory in Ulyanovsk and a tower facility in Rostov, which are also both in the country’s south-west.
Siemens Gamesa and Lagerwey — now part of Enercon — are also preparing to produce wind power components in Russia, RAWI stated. The association added that it expects other producers of wind power generators to emerge in Russia.