January 14 (Renewables Now) – The largest wind farm in Russia, the 210-MW Kochubeyevskaya, reached commercial operation in January, its developer NovaWind JSC announced this week.
Commissioned in December 2020, the wind farm has been supplying electricity and capacity to the wholesale electricity and power market as of January this year, said NovaWind, the wind power division of Russian state-controlled nuclear energy corporation Rosatom,
Kochubeyevskaya is NovaWind’s second completed wind project after the 150-MW Adygea, which was crowned Russia’s largest wind farm when it went live in early 2020.
The 210-MW wind farm is formed by 84 turbines erected in the Stavropol Krai, a territory in southern Russia. The project was finalised in two years, with local content for the equipment reaching 65%.
According to NovaWind CEO Alexander Korchagin, the Stavropol Krai is the key region for the company largely due to local authorities and governor Vladimir Vladimirov supporting the efforts.
The Stavropol Krai and the neighbouring Rostov region will continue to feature in Rosatom’s plans, with three more sites currently lined up for wind farm construction.
The nuclear energy company plans to commission wind farms with a total capacity of around 1.2 GW by 2024, NovaWind added.