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Tiksi wind park construction to kick off in 2017
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Tiksi wind park construction to kick off in 2017

In 2017, construction of a wind park will begin in the town of Tiksi, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Energy of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Alexei Kolodeznikov said following a meeting with Komaihaltec Inc. in Yakutsk, TASS reported.

"Four wind turbines and a diesel station will be built in Tiksi. The total capacity will total 1 MW. This year, a feasibility study of the project will be carried out. Financial aspects are being discussed. The active construction phase will begin no sooner than in 2017 after the necessary materials are delivered. The launch will possibly take place in 2018," the minister said.

The project to set up a testing facility for Japanese wind-power units in Tiksi has been developed under an agreement between the Government of Sakha with Komaihaltec Inc.

According to the company's CEO Emi Komai, Tiksi has huge wind-power  potential. "We are ready to begin working as soon as possible. A decision may be taken as early as this year. We will reach a consensus on funding the project," the CEO said.

Experts estimate the cost of the wind turbine construction at over 400 million rubles. The project will pay itself off in five to seven years.