Russian gas producer Novatek ‘plans 200MW wind farm to power Arctic Circle LNG plant’

Russian independent gas producer reportedly due to seek contractor to build 200MW wind farm in Arctic Circle

Novatek's liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the Yamal Peninsula
Novatek's liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the Yamal Peninsula

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Russian independent gas producer Novatek reportedly plans to build a wind farm to reduce the carbon footprint of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the Arctic Circle.

It would use output from the 190-200MW project to directly power its Yamal LNG project, which is currently fed by a nearby thermal power station.

Novatek also plans to install an electrolyser at the wind farm to produce green hydrogen.

It plans to tender for a contractor to build the wind farm and supply turbines in late 2021 or early 2022, according to Russian business newspaper Kommersant. 

The Yamal peninsula has wind speeds of 9m/s.

Vladimir Sklyar from financial analyst agency VTB Capital believes Novatek’s planned wind farm could cost RUB 12-14 billion ($162-189 million), according to Kommersant.

Novatek would not comment on the report.

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