Vestas Cements Leading Position in Russia’s Renewable Power Market

Danish manufacturer of wind turbines Vestas has secured an order for a 99 MW wind power project from a joint venture between Russia’s Rusnano and Finnish company Fortum, reported.

“Vestas has received a 99MW order in Russia, reinforcing our leading position in the country’s growing wind energy industry,” the company tweeted.

Located in the Rostov region, the wind farm will comprise 26 V126-3.45 MW wind turbines delivered in 3.8 MW Power Optimized Mode, the company said.

This is the third order that Vestas has received from Rusnano and Fortnum. The Danish company supplied the recently-installed 50MW project in Ulyanovsk, and received an order for a 198MW wind farm facility in Kamensko-Krasnosulinsky, Rostov in December. The new order takes Vestas’ total wind portfolio in Russia to a total capacity of 350MW. The delivery and installation of the turbines are expected to start towards the end of 2019.

As part of the wind power project, Vestas and its partners will create local jobs and expand the Russian wind energy industry through its strong local manufacturing and supply capacity, including blade and tower factories as well as a nacelle assembly line, the company said.

“This order once again underlines our market leadership in the Russian wind market and shows how we, together with our local partners, continue to strengthen the renewable energy sector in the world’s fourth largest electricity market,” said Vestas Northern & Central Europe president Nils de Baar.

Russia recently approved a $29 billion modernization plan of its domestic power facilities, but renewable energy only accounts for 3.6% of the country’s energy mix due to its large natural gas and thermal coal reserves.