Warming northern wind

Published on Friday, 20 September 2019

Boundless spaces of Arctic tundra beyond the Arctic circle are windswept day and night. 

Nothern plants growing in stony soil have long surrendered to this power. This power is so strong that the shortest journey becomes a tiring enterprise for a human. What does this wind bring? Wind is the master of the land here. How can human make friends with the wind? How can wind help a human? 

Elements cannot be tamed but people know how to use its power for a good cause. Very soon, by the end of 2021, the first large wind farm - 201 MW Kola WPP- will be constructed beyond the Arctic circle. Its location is not a developed area. It is more than 40 kilometers away from the closest communities - Tumanny and Teriberka settlements. In its turn, power generated by the wind farm will be supplied to the United Energy System. It means that power of Kola WPP will light up windows of the houses in other regions as well as in Murmansk region. 

The Ground Breaking Ceremony of the first wind farm above the Arctic circle took place on September, 19. It 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. 

“We proudly announce our expansion beyond the Arctic Circle with an environmentally friendly technology like wind power. The innovative profile of the project, together with its sustainability features, are meant to support the economy of the Murmansk region while contributing to the country’s overall energy mix with zero-emission power”

– Carlo Palasciano Villamagna, General Director of Enel Russia

Once the Kola WPP is commissioned it will be able to generate around 750 GWh annually helping to avoid approximately 600 000 tons of CO2 emissions. 

“The project benefits from the abundant wind resources of Murmansk, which we are planning to turn into an advanced region, and the use of state-of-the-art technologies as well as the latest trends like “green” energy are a direct step towards this aim”

– Andrey Chibis, the Governor-elect of the Murmansk region

One of our guiding principles is environmentally responsibile practicies and that’s why Enel develops green energy projects all over the world.

“Groundbreaking ceremony of the new Enel’s Wind Power Plant in Kola region is a new important step in diverse cooperation between Italy and the Russian Federation. Level of cooperation between Enel - one of the leading Italian companies - and the Murmansk region Administration is a powerful encouragement for Italian companies willing to invest in the region”

– Pasquale Terracciano, Italian Ambassador to Russia

This year we also launched construction of another wind farm in the South of Russia. Azov WPP will be located at the Taganrog bay shore, Rostov region. Commissioning is planned within the end of 2020. 

Renewable energy provides for new ways of electric power generation and boosts development leading to sustainable future of the regions. Currently, two parts of Russia - the North and the South - are witnessing construction of Enel Russia’s wind farms heralding a new era of energy transformation.  

Not only does it improve the environmental situation but also develops the regions which are ready to adopt the latest technologies. Together with Enel Group we are acting proactively to make energy transition real transforming our business in Russia and contributing to sustainable development of the country through exploration of new ways of power generation.