Vestas secured an order for a 99-megawatt (MW) wind farm project in Russia from a joint venture between Russian nanotechnology company Rusnano and Finnish Fortum, the Danish wind giant announced Friday.
Located in the Rostov region, the project will comprise 26 V126-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 3.8 MW Power Optimized Mode. Turbine delivery and installation is expected to start in the third quarter of 2019.
According to Vestas’ statement, this project is the third order from the Danish company’s framework agreement with Rusnano and Fortum to supply wind energy solutions for projects in Russia.
Following the recently installed 50 MW wind project in Ulyanovsk and the 198 MW order awarded to Vestas in December 2018, the project in the Rostov region will increase Vestas' footprint in the country to a total capacity of almost 350 MW.
Nils de Baar, president of Vestas Northern and Central Europe, said the order underlines Vestas' 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".
As part of the project, Vestas and its partners will create local jobs and expand the Russian wind energy industry through its local manufacturing and supply capacity, including blade and tower factories as well as a nacelle assembly line.
By Hale Turkes