Offshore, Project Development, Wind Power

Windlife Plans 200-MW Wind Farm in Murmansk

Windlife Energy BV is planning to install a 200-megawatt (MW) wind farm near the Russian town of Murmansk. Windlife Energy has signed a deal with the Murmansk district authorities that grants the company land rights and building permits to install the first phase of the wind farm.

According to the terms of the deal, the Murmansk authorities will cooperate in the construction of the wind farm between Teriberka and Tummani. While the initial phase of the wind farm involves a capacity of 200 MW, Windlife Energy has obtained an option to expand it still further, up to a maximum of 2,000 MW. As part of its energy policy, the Russian government has given priority to new energy sources. It is making grants available for the production of green energy.

“The conditions at this onshore site are comparable to those encountered at offshore wind farms in the North Sea. The onshore installation costs are only about 40% of those for offshore turbines. This consideration, together with the Russian government’s grants policy, makes this a very attractive investment for us,” said Paul Logchies, Managing Director of Windlife Energy.