Murmansk, September 19th, 2019 – Today, construction works started at Enel Russia’s Kolskaya wind project, located in the Murmansk region. With 201 MW of installed capacity, the facility is the largest wind farm currently under construction beyond the Arctic Circle. Construction works will be carried out by Enel Green Power, the Enel Group’s business line dedicated to the development, construction and operation of renewables around the world. Today’s ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Enel Group’s Head of Europe and Euro-Mediterranean Affairs Simone Mori, Enel Russia General Director Carlo Palasciano Villamagna, Governor-elect of the Murmansk region Andrey Chibis, Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano and other representatives of regional and federal authorities.
The overall investment of Enel Russia into the Kolskaya wind farm amounts to approximately 273 million euros.
– Simone Mori, Enel Group’s Head of Europe and Euro-Mediterranean Affairs
– Carlo Palasciano Villamagna, General Director of Enel Russia
– Andrey Chibis, Governor-elect of the Murmansk region
Enel Russia was awarded the 201 MW Kolskaya wind farm project in the 2017 Russian Government tender for the construction of 1.9 GW of wind capacity in the country along with the 90 MW Azov wind farm project, which is currently under construction and due to be commissioned at the end of 2020.
In June 2019 Enel Russia was awarded another wind project of over 71 MW, Rodnikovsky wind farm, located in the Stavropol region, and due to be commissioned in the first half of 2024. Enel Green Power is in charge of the development and construction of all the projects.
Enel Russia’s overall investment in the three facilities amounts to approximately 495 million euros, underscoring the company’s major commitment to energy mix diversification through zero-emission technologies. This investment is in line with the Enel Group’s overall target to fully decarbonise its generation mix by 2050.
The Kolskaya wind farm is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2021 and will be able to generate around 750 GWh per year, avoiding the emission of around 600,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. The wind facility will consist of 57 turbines covering a 257-hectare area.
Enel Russia’s wind project in the Murmansk region is backed by a Cooperation Agreement in Renewable Energy Development signed with the Government of Murmansk region in November 2018. This agreement aims at increasing Murmansk region’s economic potential, including through the establishment of new power production and energy infrastructure facilities.
The Russian government started launching yearly renewable tenders in 2013 to reach 4.5% of energy generation from renewables and 5.5 GW of installed renewable capacity by 2024.