Boost for Russian wind from onshore and offshore projects

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Russia’s fledgling wind industry is getting a boost from a first offshore project planned in the White Sea, while talks are underway between state-owned nuclear group Rosatom and foreign partners over the construction of three wind farms in Russia with a joint capacity of 610MW.

Chinese energy and engineering firm Sinomec plans to build a 60MW offshore array off the Kemsky district in Karelia close to the Arctic Circle, the government of the Russian Republic of Karelia said in a note.

Russia’s Direct Investment Fund intends to participate in financing the 9bn Russian rouble ($141.2m) project scheduled to be built in 2017-2020, but the government of Karelia didn’t give details on who may supply turbines, offshore foundations or other equipment.