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China's Jiuquan wind farm speeds up construction

CHINA: Progress on building China's first 10GW wind farm in Jiuquan is running well ahead of schedule, with 78 per cent of the year's target in place by July 15.

Jiuquan...China's largest wind facility
Jiuquan...China's largest wind facility
The base in Gansu Province had installed 4.03GW of the year’s 5.16GW target by the date.

This capacity was separated into 1.478GW in Yumen City and 2.558GW in Guazhou County, said

Wu Xuesheng, deputy director of Jiuquan Municipal Development and Reform Committee.

Wu said that since May, the peak season of wind farm construction, Jiuquan has been accelerating the pace of building its wind power base. On May 31, Jiuquan had a cumulative 3.08GW installed capacity

The wind farms, stretching over 200km in length, are installing 40MW turbines each day on average.

Construction of the first stage Jiuquan wind power base began on August 8, 2009. It installed 2GW of wind turbines by the end of 2009.

According to China’s plan, Jiuquan wind power base, comprising 20 wind farms, will have 12.71GW installed capacity by 2015.

On 9 June, the No.3 wind farm at Changma, Yumen City, totalling 400MW, became the first of the farms to finish construction.

It is being funded by the China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation.

The supporting 750kv transmission lines, from Guazhou to Yongdeng in Gansu, are also under construction.

Towers are already erected, and electric wires are due to be completed in October this year.

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