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Go-ahead for Chinese 198MW offshore project

CHINA: South China's Guangdong province will construct a 198MW offshore wind farm this year which should be connected to the grid in 2014.

The project, located in waters off the Guishan district of Zhuhai city, will be the first offshore wind farm in the province. It will be built with a total investment of CNY 4.45 billion ($704.8 million), principally from China Southern Power Grid Comprehensive Energy and Guangdong Electric Power. Turbines will be supplied through public tender.

Shi Lei, chief engineer of Guangdong's provincial electric power design and research institute said: "The wind farm sits near electricity users. It is near downtown Zhuhai, and only three nautical miles from Lantau Island, Hong Kong, and 17 nautical miles from Macao."

Shi said the waters in the Guishan area may become home to 250MW of wind farms, boasting as it does average annual wind speeds of 7-8 metres per second. Guangdong is among the top three areas in the country with a rich offshore wind resource — an estimated 75GW of potential generation in waters 30-50 metres deep.

According to the provincial offshore wind-power development plan, Guangdong expects to start constructing three to four 1GW size offshore wind farms in 2015.

Additional information 2 February

According to reports, Mingyang has won the turbine deal for the project although Sany also still has a chance to secure the deal.

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