Illuminating the polar night

Published on Tuesday, 9 February 2021

The Kola Peninsula is an extraordinary place. For example, there are not four, but five seasons here: the Saami believed that in the middle of December starts a mysterious period called Kaamos, which lasts until the end of January.

Despite the fact that on January 17 the polar night left the territory of the Murmansk region, and Kaamos, 41 days long, ended, the weather did not become warmer.

February is the coldest month on the Kola Peninsula. It is windy and frosty. But even in such harsh conditions, construction work is underway at the Kola wind farm.

Transformer is the heart of a future substation. A 122 tons colossus which is 7 meters long and much heavier than a Boeing 737 with full passenger load, was delivered to the construction site on February 3, 2021. The road was difficult: first by rail to Kola station, then crossing the Kanentyavr river. To do this, we even had to build a portable short gap bridge, because the existing one was not able to hold the weight of the transformer.

We do not surrender before the severity of nature, it only makes us stronger us and gives more power. There is still a lot of work ahead with the delivery of bulky components such as nacelles, blades and towers expected in the spring.

“Despite the difficult weather conditions, work at the construction site of the Kola wind farm is performed 24/7.”

– Stephane Zweguintzow, General Director of PJSC Enel Russia

Recently, in January 2021, he visited the construction site of the Kola wind farm and met with Andrey Chibis, Governor of the Murmansk Region. Well-coordinated work, efficient cooperation, joint problem solving and effective interaction between the government, the regional Governor and Enel Russia specialists are essential for such large-scale project to be implemented.

A year will pass, and Kaamos will again take over the Murmansk region. Frosts will crackle, wind will blow. But the landscape will change - huge towers of wind turbines will pierce the darkness of a polar night.

We are working with the aim to commission the largest renewable energy project beyond the Arctic Circle, providing new opportunities for the industrial, economic and social development of the Arctic!