November 22 (Renewables Now) - Italian energy group Enel (BIT:ENEL) intends to build a wind farm of over 90 MW on the Don river region in southwestern Russia, the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI) reports.
The wind power facility will be situated in Azov, Rostov Oblast, at the site of a former gambling zone. Construction works are slated to begin next year, RAWI said on Monday, adding that talks for the implementation of the scheme have been carried out between Rostov Oblast’s governor Vasily Golubev and Enel Russia’s CEO Carlo Palasciano Villamagna.
According to the report, Enel has bought the project from Sowitec Russia OOO, the Russian subsidiary of Germany’s Sowitec Group. In earlier reports, local media said that the wind farm will consist of 80 turbines that will be installed in stages at a total cost of USD 178 million (EUR 151.6m).
Enel Russia was selected as preferred bidder for 291 MW of wind schemes in Russia’s latest renewables auction, in which a total of 2,221 MW of projects were selected. The Italian group won two projects in the tender -- a 201-MW scheme in Murmansk and the 90-MW one in Rostov.
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