Dutch OEM Lagerwey signs licensing deal with Russia’s Rosatom

Dutch wind OEM Lagerwey has signed an agreement for the licensing of its wind turbine technology to OTEK, a unit of Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom, that it says forms the basis for creating a professional wind industry in the world’s largest country.

“We are proud that we as a Dutch wind turbine supplier are instrumental creating a Russian wind industry,” Lagerwey chief executive Huib Morelisse says.

“Lagerwey has been chosen as OTEK’s technology partner based on its innovative technology, easy logistics for transportation and construction ability to support setting up a domestic wind industry.”

Rosatom has just won another 360MW in capacity in the most recent Russian renewables tender, building up on a 610MW pipeline won in an auction last year.

The tenders are part of Moscow’s attempt to kick-start a fledgling renewables industry and reach a target of 4.5% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The oil and gas rich country has been a laggard in RE, but recently has stressed it is committed to achieve the targets set by the Paris climate agreement.

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Russia is trying to foster the set-up of an own wind turbine and supplier industry in the country through a requirement for a 65% local content for projects commissioned from 2019 on.

Siemens Gamesa is also entering the fledgling Russian wind sector, and has been lined up to supply 291MW of onshore capacity there won by Italian utility Enel. It is yet unknown whether Siemens Gamesa also plans to start manufacturing in Russia.

Under the license agreement, Rosatom’s OTEK and Lagerwey will be partners in assembling wind turbines for the Russian market and adjacent countries. The license agreement is the starting point for creating a formal joint venture between Lagerwey and OTEK, which will be formed later this year, Lagerwey said.

The aim is to produce components, including blades, for about 250MW of wind turbine capacity per year at assembly facilities in Volgodonsk. The support from Lagerwey includes training OTEK employees, setting up a local suppliers base (conform the localization requirements) and the organization of the assembly process.