11 Sep 2023 14:54

En+ Group could invest 60 bln rubles in 1 GW Amur region wind farm

BLAGOVESHCHENSK. Sept 11 (Interfax) - En+ Group, Far East Development Corporation (FEDC) and the Amur Region have signed a cooperation agreement to build a wind farm in the Amur region at a cost of 60 billion rubles, the press office of the presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District said.

The document was signed during the Eastern Economic Forum in the presence of Deputy Russian Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev. The parties to the agreement intend to work together in evaluating natural and climatic conditions and developing the project using state support tools. The plan is to build a wind farm with capacity of 1,058 GW in the Amur Region's Belogorsky District.

"The Far Eastern regions are actively introducing alternative energy sources. Of course, the sun and wind are not yet able to replace traditional coal and fuel oil completely. But in many cases, generation based on their energy gives us additional energy capacity," Trutnev is quoted as saying.

En+ Group Chief Operating Office Mikhail Khardikov, Amur Region Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Puzanov and FEDC General Director Nikolai Zapryagayev signed the document.

"The Amur Region is the leader in terms of electricity generation in the Far East, and we are constantly increasing generation in the region. Now we are shifting our focus more towards clean energy and renewable sources. We're preparing to build a power plant. Together with a wind farm, this will make it possible to create a fully-fledged energy cluster in the Amur Region with focus on new technologies and clean energy," Puzanov said.

The timing of the project was not specified.

Khardikov said in the spring that En+ Group was awaiting investment project proposals from PowerChina, En+'s partner in the construction of a wind farm in the Amur region. The wind plants must be at least 120 meters high. There are plans to generate about 3.5 billion kWh of green electricity annually for subsequent export to China.

Power Construction Corporation of China Limited (PowerChina) is one of the largest engineering and construction companies in China. The company controls 65% of the hydropower construction market in China and more than 50% of the global market for the construction of large and medium-sized reservoirs and hydroelectric power plants.

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