Russian and Italian businessmen and state officials marked the start of construction of the largest wind park in the country, located in Russia’s Arctic, 80 kilometers northeast of the city of Murmansk, the Barents Observer reports.
The spot will soon house 57 major wind turbines, making it Russia’s largest wind park and one of the biggest in the world north of the Arctic Circle, according to the report.
“We are breaking ground on a strategic wind project…,” Simone Mori, Enel Group’s Head of Europe and Euro-Mediterranean Affairs, said in the ceremony. “With the start of construction of this facility, we are confirming our commitment to Russia’s energy transition towards a low-carbon economy.”
Murmansk Governor Andrey Chibis was also at the ceremony, where he said that his region wanted more green energy.
“Our objective is to turn Murmansk into a truly leading region and the use of the newest technology, like green energy, is a step in that direction,” he added.
The Italian company won the contract for the wind project’s development in 2017. It was based on a tender organized by the Russian government and has a total cost frame of $300 million. It was part of a government bid to develop more renewable energy.
The power plant will be built on the very same spot where Dutch company Windlife Energy for several years lobbied for the development of a similar wind project. Those plans, however, never materialized.
The Kolskaya Wind Farm will provide additional power to the Northwest Russian region that from before is a major producer of electricity. The Murmansk region today produces about 60% of its energy from nuclear power and the remaining 40% from hydropower.