The Construction of the Kazachya Wind Station Has Been Completed in the Rostov Region
The construction of the fourth wind farm is nearing its completion in the Rostov Region. Kazachya will become part of the Russia’s largest wind energy cluster. The total capacity is 350 megawatts. What is the present and future of wind power in Russia?
At sea, people wish for a fair wind to fill the sail, and in the Rostov Region—to spin the blades. It is desirable that the wind blows at a speed of 5 to 25 m/s. In the former Cossack steppes, the construction of the Kazachya wind station was completed, forming the largest wind cluster in Russia.
Vadim Veruk, Deputy Director for Construction of Vetroparki FRV LLC says: “The implementation of the first stage of the Kazachya wind farm is at the final stage. Startup work is being completed and the operation of the power site will begin in the near future. The plant will be part of the Russia’s largest wind power cluster created by Fortum and RUSNANO in the Rostov region. Its total capacity, with the commissioning of the first stage of the Kazachya wind farm, will be 350 MW.”
The regional wind farm is a refutation of a common misconception that in the country that has oil and gas, alternative energy does not develop. It all started in 2007.
Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the RUSNANO’s Executive Board says: “Almost ten years of work on a whole system of regulatory documents. Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Economic Development, Government... As a result, it was born. The story was quite competitive. In fact, the construction of real wind energy in Russia began in the fourth year.”
From the very beginning the most important requirement of the Government was the production localization. Thus, a plant for the production of blades appeared in Ulyanovsk, capacities for making gondolas began to work in the Nizhny Novgorod region, and the building of wind towers began in Taganrog. Potential markets were supposed to be Russia and CIS countries, but Denmark also became interested in the products.
Kimal Yusupov, Director General of Vestas Manufacturing Rus says: “At the beginning of 2020, despite and maybe even contrary to all the pandemic criteria that were around us, we exported from Ulyanovsk to Denmark 48 locally produced blades. We ourselves hardly believe in it, because Denmark is the heart of the wind energy of the whole world, Ulyanovsk is a young, new region, incomparable with the world in terms of the wind power development scale. However, our blades were directed to a Danish project. We believe that we have established ourselves not only in the local but also in the international markets.”
Now production is localized by two-thirds. In the next stages, localization will become even deeper. In addition, with the participation of the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, a textbook on renewable energy has been developed from scratch for Russian universities. Russia is becoming one of the world’s largest equipment manufacturers.
Anatoly Chubais, Chairman of the RUSNANO’s Executive Board says: “The price of a kilowatt of wind power has more than halved in just 3-5 years. It is clear that this is not the result. It is clear that it will continue to decline. In this sense, the onset of the grid parity point is inevitable, when a kilowatt-hour of electricity generated by renewable energy is equal in cost to a kilowatt-hour produced from oil and gas.”
If we talk about future projects, the most powerful wind potential right now is in the north of the country, literally from Murmansk to Kamchatka. Given the development