The Russian Arctic is all about a severe and picturesque nature of the mainland, islands and archipelagoes of the well-known Northeast Passage, the shortest waterway route within the Arctic Ocean between the European part of Russia and the Far East. Exactly here, beyond the Arctic Circle, among snow and steady wind, the northernmost region of our country, the Murmansk Region, is spread out over there. And it is the city of Murmansk that became the venue for the major annual SevTEC specialized exhibition-conference devoted to issues of fuel and energy sector of this region.
In defiance of the severe nature, guests are treated here with special soulful warmth. This year, Enel Russia representatives traditionally attend this event. The company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Stephane Zweguintzow together with the Deputy Governor of the Murmansk Region Yevgeniy Nikora and the Regional Parliament Spokesperson Sergey Dubovoy took part in the solemn opening ceremony of the SevTEC-2019 XIV, specialized conference-exhibition.
“Murmansk is the territory that is already present on Enel Russia regions map. This September, we kicked off construction of the largest wind farm beyond the North Circle - 201 MW Kolskaya WPP. Thereby we completely support the commitment of the region to develop clean energy and clean technologies.”
Later, within the strategic session titled “XXI Century Technologies as an Additional Factor in the Arctic Territories Development” he told about the way the global advanced technologies and experience of Enel Group will be implemented in the construction project of the northernmost wind farm beyond the Arctic Circle - Kolskaya WPP, where foundation works for the future wind farm are already being carried out.
At its exhibition stand Enel Russia presented three main divisions that the company develops in Russia within the global energy transition process: renewable energy, demand response for electric power, electric cars and charging infrastructure represented by a charging station that can be provided in Russia by Enel X Rus, an Enel X subsidiary, global business line of Enel Group in advanced energy solutions.
Regarding renewable energy, it should be noted that just a year ago at SevTEC we signed an agreement on the construction in the great northern outdoors of the Kola Peninsula of wind turbines that will be able to generate about 750 GWh of electric power per year, and this year we already started constructing our Kolskaya WPP.
Over the long term, the Agreement and the project are aimed at the development of scientific and human resources in the field of renewable energy. And it was not just a coincidence that Enel chose exactly the Murmansk Region to implement its project, as this region possesses enormous potential for the renewable energy development. This is the place where the winds blow with the average annual speed that can be compared only with the one at the Portugal coastline.
Shortly after SevTEC, within the VIII Murmansk International Business Week, the II International Session "Cooperation in the Arctic" took place. Felice Montanari, Head of Renewable Energies in Enel Russia, delivered a speech within the "Green Future for the Arctic" panel discussion. Green future, that enters the region, now has been becoming its present.