Russian nuclear firm Rosatom plans first foreign wind farm in Vietnam

Russian nuclear giant Rosatom’s wind power arm aims to build a 128MW wind farm in Vietnam – its first foreign wind power project.

Rosatom launched its NovaWind wind power subsidiary in 2017
Rosatom launched its NovaWind wind power subsidiary in 2017

NovaWind signed a cooperation agreement with Vietnamese renewables firm An Xuan Energy JSC for the 128MW Sơn La Sơn La (128MW) OnshoreSon La, Vietnam, Asia-Pacific Click to see full details project in Son La province in the country’s north-west.

Since Rosatom launched NovaWind in 2017, it has built up a portfolio of about 1.7GW of operational and under-development capacity in Russia, according to its website. This includes capacity secured in Russia’s renewable energy tenders in recent years

It also formed a joint venture with Lagerwey, through which the Dutch firm is due to supply turbines for its projects. However, Enercon – which acquired Largerwey in 2018 – confirmed to Windpower Monthly that it had ended its business relations with Rosatom following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

The 128MW project in Vietnam is set to be NovaWind’s first wind farm outside its home market.

Parent company Rosatom is already working on several energy and science projects in Vietnam, NovaWind CEO Grigory Nazarov noted.

He added: “We have gained extensive experience as a developer of wind energy projects in Russia and are ready to apply our competencies abroad.

“The development of wind energy will not only contribute to ensuring energy security and industrialization of the region, but will also accelerate the transition to an energy model that meets the goals of sustainable development.”

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, major wind companies – including Vestas and Siemens Gamesa – have halted their activities in Russia.

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