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Vestas and Rusnano investigate more Russian factories

Vestas has signed a memorandum of understanding with technology giant Rusnano to explore further opportunities to increase its footprint in Russia.

Vestas opened a blade factory in Ulyanovsk, western Russia in December 2018 (pic credit: Russian Association of the Wind Industry)
Vestas opened a blade factory in Ulyanovsk, western Russia in December 2018 (pic credit: Russian Association of the Wind Industry)

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Danish manufacturer Vestas will also consider the potential for using technology developed by Rusnano’s subsidiaries as part of the agreement.

Rusnano, in a joint venture with Finnish utility Fortum, has been awarded just over 1.8GW of capacity in Russia across two auction rounds.

Vestas is the preferred supplier for this capacity, and so far, nearly 350MW of this capacity has been converted to firm and unconditional orders, a spokesman for the manufacturer told Windpwer Monthly.

It aims to supply the full 1.8GW over the next five years, he added.

Vestas opened a blade factory in Ulyanovsk in December, and plans to set up a nacelles assembly plant in Nizhny Novgorod and a tower factory in Rostov, all in western Russia.

Wind farms must include 65% local content, and 44% of turbine components must be sourced locally in Russia, according to the Russian Association of the Wind Industry (RAWI).

The Rusnano-Fortum joint venture was awarded 1GW in Russia’s first wind power auction in June 2017. It then secured a further 823MW in the country's second tender in June 2018.

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