GE (NYSE: GE) is to use gas and wind power to help overhaul the energy system on Sakhalin Island, the largest island in Russia.

The engineering giant today signed a a memorandum of understanding with the Sakhalin provincial government today to develop power generation projects using a range of technologies, including aeroderivative gas turbines, coal gasification, gas engines and wind power.

Darryl Wilson, president of aeroderivative gas turbines for GE Power & Water, said the deal “opens the way for several local power companies on Sakhalin to start working with GE to develop specific projects based on LM aeroderivative gas turbines and other GE equipment”.

Sergey Hotochkin, Sakhalin deputy prime minister, said: “A reliable local supply of electricity is critical to the future economic growth of this region and to the quality of life of our citizens. In addition to addressing the region’s need for more power, the MOU with GE supports the Russian government’s initiative to modernise the country’s energy infrastructure.”