June 5 (Renewables Now) - The Russian renewable energy tender has attracted 73 applications for wind projects, representing capacity of 2,341.06 MW, the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI) said on Friday, citing data from the Administrator of the Trading System.
The 2017 tender started on May 29 and is for projects to be commissioned in the following five years, by 2022, with 1.9 GW of wind capacity sought. It is being held in two stages. The first stage was till June 2 and the 2,341.06 MW of wind projects submitted exceeded all expectations of market participants, according to RAWI. The second stage will be from June 5 till June 9 and the results will be announced by June 30.
RAWI says it can conclude that at least three large companies took part in the competition. A subsidiary of Finnish utility Fortum Oyj (HEL:FORTUM) has recently registered energy supply points from wind farms with a total capacity of 1,400 MW, each of 50 MW, and several lots of this capacity can be seen among the bids, the association said.
A subsidiary of Italian utility Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) is also believed to have taken part in the competition, potentially with combined applications of above 250 MW. Enel's interest was announced at a recent meeting between the Italian prime minister with the Russian president, RAWI noted.
VetroOGK, a subsidiary of Russian state-controlled nuclear energy company Rosatom, is also highly likely to have participated in the tender with its traditional 20-MW projects, RAWI said. It added that as the company plans to produce wind turbines of Dutch company Lagerwey in Russia, the volume of applications should be sufficient to sustain the manufacturing facility.