In 2018, ROSATOM enters the wind energy market. ROSATOM’s experts assess that by 2024 its volume may be 3.6 GW and the annual turnover will be US $1.6 billion. This guarantees the demand for production of wind turbines (WTs) and entire wind farms, necessary infrastructure and technical support services. Altogether, this is evaluated at US $6.3 billion.
ROSATOM, which is the key domestic producer of energy which does not generate greenhouse gases, has all resources and competences necessary to occupy a large share of this market, which is new for the company. “The matter is the development of the brand new industry in Russia. The state-owned corporation set tasks of not only building wind power plants (WPPs) but also creating the system of technical regulation, staff training, organization of WTs production localization, certification, R&D development. We know better than others how to develop new industries because we continuously solve such tasks as part of nuclear power development in Russia and in the world,” First Deputy Director General of ROSATOM Kirill Komarov said.
NovaWind is a new division of ROSATOM which the main task is to consolidate ROSATOM’s efforts in the frontend segments and technological platforms of electricity generation. The company was established in September 2017 with the authorized capital of RUB 1.101 billion. At the first stage, NovaWind has incorporated all wind energy assets of ROSATOM and is responsible for implementation of ‘Wind Power’ strategy. This ambitious task requires building absolutely new competences for development and management of wind power plants in Russia, organization of series built of wind turbines in Russia, organization of post-sale servicing, competence in marketing, development and sale of new products.
JSC VetroOGK has implemented wind power plant projects since 2016. It has been managed by JSC NovaWind. In the new business structure VetroOGK is responsible for design and construction of wind power plants and electricity production by wind energy. NovaWind’s enterprises are to develop wind power plants of 970 MW of total capacity before 2022. With this, NovaWing does not plan to stop at the 970 MW (38 turbines); in the coming 6-7 years the company plans to manufacture wind turbines of 1.4 GW (about 550 wind turbines) for the Russian market only. Also, the company plans to enter the international WT market with the new product.
Also, NovaWing possesses equal rights of shareholder in the joint venture with Dutch technology partner, Lagerwey. The joint venture Red Wind was established in November 2017. Red Wind is responsible for marketing, sales, supply of wind turbines on the turn-key basis and post-sale support. The company implements the production localization program. The joint venture is also responsible for certification of suppliers and component part contracting for subsequent supply to JSC NovaWind’s production sites. Lagerwey is responsible for transfer of technologies for production of wind turbines with production capacities of 2.5 MW and 4.5 MW to the Russian partner, and it will share the competences in development of wind farms. In 2018 at ROSATOM’s capacities (Atommash facility) in Volgodonsk it is planned to set up manufacture of boss, nacelle, generator and cooling system of wind turbine to Lagerwey technology. The Dutch partner will assist Red Wind in training of personnel who are necessary for WT production and operation of wind farms.
First wind power plants (WPPs) will be built in the south of Russia in the Republic of Adygeya (150 MW) and Krasnodar Territory (200 MW). In the Republic of Adygeya WPP will be built in the territory of two municipalities – Shovgenovskoe and Giaginskoye. At the first wind power plant in Adygeya – Adygeya WPP – micro siting (WPP configuration has been identified and assessment of power generation of the plant has been done) has been carried out. A set of engineering surveys in the territory of construction was carried out; the project documentation is worked out.