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Russia plans to increase local content requirement

The Russian government has set out plans to increase the levels of locally-made components in wind turbines installed in the country.

Major turbine components will need to be produced locally in Russia, according to the proposed rules (pic: Sarens)
Major turbine components will need to be produced locally in Russia, according to the proposed rules (pic: Sarens)

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In general, according to state plans, particular attention will be paid to the localisation of hi-tech components with higher added value.

The draft bill by the Russian industry and trade ministry would limit the maximum share of foreign components in the production of converters to no more than 30%, starting from 2021.

Generators of geared wind turbines should have no more than 10% of foreign-made components after 2024, while Russian-made magnets will be needed in direct-drive generators.

The 10% limit will also apply to blades and towers. 

From 2022, manufacturers of turbine converters must use Russian power semiconductor modules and their control boards.

Compliance with these requirements will allow investors to participate in various governmental support programmes in 2021-2024.

Controls

The industry and government in Russia has also signed off on a national standard for the regulation of wind energy facilities. 

"The document sets out system requirements not only for the wind power plants as a part of the country’s power supply system, but also for the wind power plant control systems, their scheme of power distribution, the running time and operational life of the wind turbines at different voltage levels, and much more," said the Russian Association for the Wind Industry (RAWI). 

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