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Arkhanglesks new wind farm will be one of Europes largest

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26th December 2013  To: 26th December 2013

Russia’s Arkhangelsk region constructed a new wind farm on the shores which will be one of the largest such farms in Europe and will generate more energy than all of Russia’s current wind farms combined.

Mezhregionsoyuzenergo closed joint-stock company and the German SoWiTec have partnered on the project’s construction. The latter has been building similar wind farms around the world from Europe to Latin America.

It was the Germans that chose the White Sea coast, where the wind speed is 7.5 meters per second (16 miles per hour) and blows steadily. Even in areas with moderate wind speeds of 5 meters per second, one square kilometer of wind turbines can produce hundreds of millions of kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

The seacoasts are particularly well suited for such projects, which is why one of Europe's largest wind farms is being built in Arkhangelsk. During the first stage, its fifty power generators will produce 150-200 MW. That's enough to cover the energy needs of a city of 100,000 people.

The project will cost about 16 billion rubles ($500 billion). Experts believe that wind farms can help solve some of the environmental and energy problems of the region by partially replacing outdated equipment and providing fuel for this remote northern region.

The launch of the project is planned for 2015 to 2016. Gaining approval for the project, the partners reportedly said, may take longer than usual, because this is the first such facility in Russia.

Url: rbth.ru/business/2013/12/24/arkhanglesks_new_wind_farm_will_be_one_of_europes_largest_32899.html

 

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