Russian oil and gas provider Lukoil has switched on its second solar park, in Russia’s southern Volgograd region.
The 20 MW facility was built at an oil refinery, with PV modules provided by Russia-based Hevel Solar. “The PV plant comprises 60,000 polycrystalline modules with a power output of 330 [W] and 335 W [each],” a spokesperson from the manufacturer told pv magazine. “This project will supply its capacity to the wholesale electricity and capacity market at a special price under a 15-year contract.”
The facility is located on an area of an oil refinery comprising 17 unused sites and with a total area of 50 hectares.
Lukoil commissioned its first, 10 MW solar park in Russia in 2018. That plant is located at Lukoil’s Volgograd Refinery on plots of land not involved in the production cycle.
The oil giant also operates two 9 MW solar power stations at its own refineries in Romania, and a 1.3 MW PV plant in Bulgaria. The project in Bulgaria was granted a 12-year FIT while the plant in Ploiesti, southern Romania, was built under the country's green certificate scheme.
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