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Enel Green Power, through Enel Russia, has announced the development of the 201MW Kolskaya wind farm project in Murmansk, Russia.

The project is said to be the largest wind farm project currently under construction beyond the Arctic Circle.

The 273 million project is expected to come online in 2021 and is in line with efforts by Enel to fully decarbonise its generation mix by 2050.

The Kolskaya wind farm will generate around 750GWh per year, avoiding the emissions of around 600,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. The wind facility will consist of 57 turbines covering a 257-hectare area.

Enel Russia is building the wind farm as part of a contract with the Russian government comprising the development of 1.9GW of wind capacity, won in 2017.

Enel Russia is investing up to 495 million in developing three renewable energy facilities, contracted by the Russian government.

Antonio Cammisecra, head of Enel Green Power, said: “Kolskaya is our northernmost project, part of a global portfolio that now goes from beyond the Arctic Circle to the southernmost areas of Africa and that circles the world east to west from Australia to the western United States, under the most diverse and challenging climate condition.

“Through the opening of this second construction site in Russia, we are taking the next step in the strengthening of our renewable portfolio in this country. Looking ahead, we are committed to scouting for further renewable opportunities in Russia while continuing to build and develop our current projects, leveraging on our strong presence and expertise in the area to progressively build a truly low-carbon footprint in Russia.”