The first Nordex 1.5 MW turbines assembled by the German company's Chinese joint venture in Yinchuan, north China, are being delivered for installation in the province of Ningxia. The machines mark the construction start of what will be a 200 MW wind farm being developed by Ningxia Electric Power Group and Ningxia Tianjing Electric Energy Development Group, Nordex's partners in the manufacturing joint venture. Twenty-six turbines are currently being installed this year, with the remaining turbines for the 200 MW scheduled for installation by 2009. The project developers are considering plans to expand the wind farm by a further 100 MW, at least. As well as the Yinchuan factory, which will turn out 300 MW of turbines a year, Nordex has a smaller assembly joint venture in Xi'an for its 600 kW machine, set up with Xi'an Aero Engine in 1998. "We are looking for further joint venture partners in other regions in China to build up similar partnerships," says Nordex's Ralf Peters. In addition, production has started at a new blade facility in Dongying, fully owned by Nordex, to meet the entire needs of the Yinchuan factory, says Peters. He Huaixing of Ningxia Electric Power Group, which has a controlling stake in Nordex (Yinchuan) Wind Equipment, says the company is on track to become a leading turbine supplier in China. He says the S77 1.5 MW turbine is suitable for use onshore in areas such as Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang. Local manufacture of wind turbines has raised the region's expectations for wind power, adds Hao Linhai of the Development & Reform Commission of the Ningxia Hui regional government.