June 19 (Renewables Now) - Dutch company Lagerwey has signed an agreement for licensing its wind turbine technology to OTEK, a division of Russian state-controlled nuclear energy company Rosatom, with the pair looking to produce some 250 MW of turbines per year.
The license agreement is a step towards creating a joint venture between the companies that will be formed this year, Lagerwey said today.
The Dutch company will support OTEK in the establishment of a wind turbine assembly facility in Russia, including by training OTEK employees, setting up a local suppliers base to meet the localisation requirements, and organising the assembly process. According to the announcement, the goal is to make wind turbine components, including blades, for about 250 MW of capacity per year at assembly facilities in Volgodonsk.
Plans for the joint venture were announced in February. They come as Rosatom is emerging as one of the major players in Russia's fledgeling wind market. The company won contracts for 610 MW and 360 MW of wind power capacity in auctions in 2016 and earlier this month, respectively. VetroSGC is the unit within OTEK that is in charge of Rosatom's wind projects.
"Lagerwey has been chosen as OTEK’s technology partner based on its innovative technology, easy logistics for transportation and construction ability to support setting up a domestic wind industry. This is an important step in the expansion of Lagerwey technologies," commented Lagerwey chief executive Huib Morelisse.
Last week Lagerwey said its first 4.5-MW turbine, installed in Eemshaven, in the northern part of the Netherlands, has supplied first power to the grid.