Rosatom unit plans 450MW in Kalmykia

RUSSIA: The Kalmykia Republic, in the southwest of the country, may become a new centre of wind power in Russia with plans to have 450MW installed by 2021.

Russia has a little over 30MW of wind capacity installed (pic: Fortum)

The projects will be implemented by Vetroenergetika, part of state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom.

It recently signed an agreement with Kalmykian authorities to build the wind power capacity.

The new projects are expected to be commissioned by 2021 and will help solve the problem of energy shortage in the region.

Currently, Kalmykia has less than 10MW of installed wind capacity to-date.

Analysis by the Russian Ministry of Energy found Kalmykia could become one of the leading regions of Russia in terms of wind power. This is due to its favourable location and average wind speeds of 6-7.5m/s.