Italy’s Enel Green Power said on 19 September that the company broke ground 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, Enel said. The project, owned by Enel Russia, will involve a total investment of around €273 million.

Enel Group’s Head of Europe and Euro-Mediterranean Affairs Simone Mori, Enel Russia General Director Carlo Palasciano Villamagna, Murmansk Region Governor-elect Andrey Chibis, and other representatives of regional and federal authorities attended the ceremony.

“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,” Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said. “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,” he added.

Enel Russia was awarded the 201 MW Kolskaya wind project in the 2017 Russian Government tender for the construction of 1.9 GW of wind capacity in the country along with the 90 MW 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 71 MW, 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 495 million euros, underscoring the company’s major commitment to energy mix diversification through zero-emission technologies. This investment is in line with the Enel Group’s overall target to fully decarbonise its generation mix by 2050.

The Kolskaya wind farm is expected to be commissioned by the end of 2021 and will be able to generate around 750 GWh per year, avoiding the emission of around 600,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. The wind facility will consist of 57 turbines covering a 257-hectare area.