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VGK, KRDV and Sakhlin government sign agreement for construction of wind farm

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The Eastern Mining Company (VGK), a single development institution – the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic (KRDV), and the government of the Sakhalin Region on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum signed a tripartite agreement on cooperation in the construction of a wind farm with a design capacity of 67.2 MW in the Uglegorsky District of the Sakhalin Region. The signatories were the General Director of the All-Russian State Conservatory, Maxim Kuzemchenko, the General Director of the KRDV, Igor Nosov, and the Chairman of the government of the Sakhalin Region, Alexey Belik.

The agreement implies all-round state support and assistance from development institutions in the implementation of an ambitious investment project of the VGK in the territory of the main business region.

“Uglegorsk wind farm is one of the key elements of the strategy of long-term responsible development that we have adopted,” said Kuzemchenko. “Energy from renewable sources will power a coal transport conveyor under construction and a fleet of dump trucks converted to electric traction. Together, these projects will form the previously announced Green Coal Cluster.”

Today in the island region, electricity is generated mainly by burning fossil fuels. This has a negative impact on the environment and public health. The regional authorities have set themselves a task – by 2025, the island region should become carbon-neutral. One of the main measures is to increase the share of electricity that is generated from renewable sources, for example, using wind power.

“That is why we support projects to introduce environmentally friendly generation on the islands,” added Belik,

“Supporting investment projects in the field of renewable energy in the Far East and the Arctic is one of the priority areas of the KRDV activity. The Sakhalin Region is an island region, and is characterised by the presence of a high wind potential, the rational use of which will allow achieving ambitious goals for hydrocarbon neutrality. The investment project of the Eastern Mining Company for the creation of a wind park will become the largest in the field of wind energy in the entire Far East, and will be one of the drivers for the development of this high-tech industry in the entire Far Eastern Federal District. The implementation of such large green energy projects will significantly increase the share of renewable energy sources in the energy balance and provide conditions for the energy transition of the economy of the Far East.”

It is planned that the Uglegorsk wind farm will be the most powerful in the Far East. It will include 16 wind turbines located in areas with difficult terrain and high wind potential. To date, two potential sites for the installation of wind turbines have been identified. In order to confirm the potential of the regions, special wind monitoring will be carried out.

The VGK plans to start implementing the project in 2022, and to start operation by the end of 2024. Investments in the project will amount to approximately RUB 8.5 billion. It is assumed that the Uglegorsk wind farm will additionally create dozens of highly qualified jobs in the region.

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