Construction begins at Kolskaya wind farm
Published: 20 September 2019 - Carly Wills
Enel Green Power broke ground this week at the Kolskaya wind project, located in the Russian region of Murmansk.
With 201 MW of installed capacity, the facility is the largest wind farm currently under construction beyond the Arctic Circle. The project will involve a total investment of around €273m.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Enel Group’s head of Europe and Euro- Mediterranean affairs, Simone Mori; Enel Russia general director, Carlo Palasciano Villamagna; governor-elect of the Murmansk region, Andrey Chibis; and other representatives of regional and federal authorities.
"Kolskaya is our northernmost project, part of a global portfolio that now goes from beyond the Arctic Circle to the southernmost areas of Africa and that circles the world east to west from Australia to the western United States, under the most diverse and challenging climate conditions,” said Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power.
“Through the opening of this second construction site in Russia, we are taking the next step in the strengthening of our renewable portfolio in this country. Looking ahead, we are committed to scouting for further renewable opportunities in Russia while continuing to build and develop our current projects, leveraging on our strong presence and expertise in the area to progressively build a truly low-carbon footprint in Russia.”
Enel Russia was awarded the project in the 2017 Russian Government tender for the construction of 1.9GW of wind capacity in the country along with the 90MW Azov wind project, which is currently under construction and due to be commissioned at the end of 2020.
In June 2019, Enel Russia was awarded another wind project of over 71MW - Rodnikovsky wind farm - located in the Stavropol region, and due to be commissioned in the first half of 2024. Enel Green Power is in charge of the development and construction of all the projects.
Enel Russia’s overall investment in the three facilities amounts to approximately €495m.