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China struggling to build flagship offshore projects

CHINA: China's aim to become a power in the offshore sector is suffering as administrational issues and higher costs hit efforts to build its flagship offshore projects.

So far, the first four offshore concession projects in east China’s Jiangsu province, totalling 1GW, have failed to get off the drawing board. This is despite the National Energy Bureau (NEB) announcing the public tender results in September 2010.

It comes as industry officials said the long-planned second offshore tender of 1.5-2GW would also be delayed, which was originally set to be announced in the first half of this year.

The delay for the first four offshore projects is the result of a conflict between NEB’s national wind power development plan and the marine functional zoning of State Oceanic Administration (SOA), industry officials said.

Since offshore wind power is an emerging business in China, the SOA did not consider offshore wind power development when it created its 'marine functional zones'.

For its part, in 2010, the NEB did not involve the SOA when it organised the tender for the first four offshore concession projects.

However, one month after NEB announced the first public tender result, the SOA readjusted the nationwide marine functional zoning. Subsequently, the sites designated for the four offshore concession projects conflicted with SOA’s national marine functional zoning.

The four projects are located in Dongtai (200MW inter-tidal), Dafeng (200MW inter-tidal), Sheyang (300MW offshore) and Binhai (300MW offshore), under Yancheng city of Jiangsu province.

For more see the upcoming April issue of Windpower Monthly

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