Murmansk - the wind of change

Published on Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The Arctic Circle, strong winds, changeable weather, low temperatures - these are the conditions under which a new wind farm that Enel Russia plans to build in the near future will operate in the Murmansk Region. At the endless northern plains, along the road running from Murmansk through the village of Tumanny to the village of Teriberka, wind turbines will be built that will be able to generate about 750 GWh of electric power each year. 

This was a subject of the agreement signed between the General Director of Enel Russia Carlo Palasciano Villamagna and the Governor of the Murmansk Region Marina Kovtun. 

This document was signed on November 12 during the dedicated exhibition conference #SevTEC-2018 on the issues of the power sector development in the North-West Region of our country. The agreement is mainly focused on implementation of the wind farm construction project with the capacity of 201 MW; the goal is to promote the economic potential of the Murmansk Region by creating new high-tech generating facilities and infrastructure in the electric power industry. In a long-term perspective, the agreement is aimed to develop the scientific and human resources potential in the field of renewable energy sources. 

“The agreement that has been signed today is an excellent opportunity for the company and the Murmansk Region to promote the development; the agreement is based on the sustainable development principles. PJSC Enel Russia contributes to diversification of the country’s power generation through implementation of the renewable energy sources projects”

– Carlo Palasciano Villamagna, General Director, PJSC Enel Russia

For Enel, the choice of the Murmansk Region was not made by accident: the region has obvious potential for the development of environmentally friendly and renewable energy. Here annual average velocity of the winds is comparable only to that on the coast of Portugal. Filled with great enthusiasm, we are beginning the construction of a wind farm where under hard climatic conditions we will be able to use all our experience, all high-tech potential accumulated over the past ten years of Enel Green Power operating around the world: in Europe, North and Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

The Murmansk land gave Enel Russia a warm and hospitable welcome. At SevTEC-2018, wind power generation was one of the core topics under discussion, and we were a much-anticipated guest. Our stand was especially popular among experts and conference participants; our colleagues told about the Enel Group in general, and, particularly, about its projects in Russia. And most importantly, guests saw the model of a wind turbine and other equipment by Siemens Gamesa that will be installed at Kola WPP

Following the invitation by the Government of the Murmansk region, Carlo Palasciano took part in several sessions and round tables, telling about the accumulated experience and plans of the foreign investor in Russia. In particular, during the international session “Cooperation in the Arctic” chaired by the Governor of the Murmansk Region, Marina Kovtun, in presence of representatives of government authorities, diplomatic institutions, businesses, and public organizations from different countries, Carlo Palasciano told why the company decided to implement the project for the wind power plant construction on the Murmansk land.

“The region’s uniqueness in terms of energy resources, support from the Government of the Murmansk region, and the possibilities to develop new innovative projects in the region, including the installation of e-car chargers”

In his speeches, Carlo Palasciano also devoted much attention to the concept of shared values creation, which involves searching for innovative solutions, creating new opportunities, contributing to the economic growth, solving social problems and improving environmental aspect. This approach underlies all projects of the company

The harsh northerly wind contrasted strongly with the cordial reception given to our delegation by the residents of Murmansk. Moreover, the conference itself was of particular importance for us - it became an efficient platform for the international and interregional dialog and interaction.