November 16 (Renewables Now) - Construction has been completed at a 50.4-MW wind farm in Russia’s Ulyanovsk region, with commissioning planned for next year.
The wind park is a partnership between Finnish utility Fortum Oyj (HEL:FORTUM) and nanotechnology company Rusnano and will be an expansion of a 35-MW plant that was put on stream in January. The second stage of the complex is expected to start generating power as early as the first half of 2019, the government of Ulyanovsk region announced this week.
The specific wind park, located in Cherdaklinsky district, will be powered 14 turbines of 3.6 MW each, supplied Vestas Wind Systems (CPH:VWS). The Danish wind turbine manufacturer has assembled the nacelles in Nizhny Novgorod, while blades were made at its Aerostar factory in the same region.
The project is implemented through a joint venture between Fortum and Rusnano, formed last year. Each of the parties holds a 50% stake in the wind investment vehicle, which won the right to build 1,000 MW of wind parks in Russia in June 2017 and then was awarded a further 823 MW of wind capacity a year later.