7 Aug 2019 15:23

Yantarenergo begins dismantling Russia's first windfarm following end of service life

KALININGRAD. August 7 (Interfax) - JSC Yantarenergo, which works under the brand Rosseti Yantar, part of Rosseti , has begun dismantling the windfarm in the village of Kulikovo, the company told Interfax.

"Work to dismantle the first six units began on Wednesday. Turbines closer to the sea will be disassembled and disposed of. There are plans to build a bike path in their place," Yantarenergo said.

The timeframe for dismantling the other units will be determined later. The land on which they stand belongs to the Kaliningrad region administration but are being rented by Yantarenergo until February 1, 2021.

The windfarm, Russia's first, was built in July 2002 and had 21 turbines (now 20) with a total generating capacity of 5.1 MW. Yantarenergo bought used equipment using a grant from the Danish government.

The farm has fully used up its potential: the turbines do not work and cannot be repaired. It was decided long ago to dismantle the site. One turbine fell at the end of 2018 and has already been dismantled.

Yantarenergo is currently using a three-unit windfarm launched in 2018 near Ushakovo. The installed capacity of each generator is 1.7 MW, for a total of 5.1 MW.

Rosseti Yantar is a 100% subsidiary of PJSC Rosseti and services more than 15,000 square kilometers. It operates over 14,700 kilometers of power lines and services more than 4,000 substations with a total capacity of 3,949 MW.