Vestas secures 253-MW Russian order from Fortum-Rusnano fund

The V136-3.45 MW turbine. Source: Vestas Wind Systems (www.vestas.com).

September 27 (Renewables Now) - Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) has received a 253-MW order to provide turbines for a further four projects of the Fortum-Rusnano investment fund.

The order follows a 2017 framework agreement between the parties and takes Vestas’ Russian orders to over 800 MW, the company said today.

Wind Energy Development Fund (WEDF), jointly owned by Finnish utility Fortum Oyj (HEL:FORTUM) and Russian nanotechnology company Rusnano, developed the four projects after securing 1 GW in Russia’s renewable energy auction in 2017.

The 100-MW Grazhdanskaya, 50-MW Ivanovskaya and 86-MW Pokrovskaya projects are located near the city of Samara, southwestern Russia, and will use V126-4.2 MW turbines in 4.55 MW power optimised mode. The 17-MW Novoalekseevskaya project, located in the Kotovsky district of the Volgograd region, will feature four V126-4.2 MW turbines.

Vestas will supply and install the turbines. Deliveries for the three projects near Samara are scheduled for the second quarter of 2022, with full commissioning expected in late 2023. The turbines for the Novoalekseevskaya project will be delivered in the third quarter of 2021, with the wind farm to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2022.

Vestas noted it also maintains a blade factory in Russia, at Ulyanovsk, which recently marked the production of the 650th V126 blade.

It was announced last week that Fortum and Rusnano won the right to install up to 1.6 GW of wind turbine capacity as part of Russia’s latest renewable energy tender.

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