The feasibility study for two of three Chinese wind power projects for which Asian Development Bank (ADB) loans were announced in December has been approved, according to the State Power Corporation (SPC). With the authorisation, the owners of the two projects, for 4.5 MW in generating power and located respectively at Fujin in Heilongjiang and Xiwaizi in Liaoning, are able to finalise agreements with ADB. The invitation for tenders for technology and equipment suppliers is expected to start in the middle of the year, says Zhang Yuan, who heads the New Energy Section of the SPC. The three projects involve a total investment of about $100 million. They were announced towards the end of last year. Aside from the $58 million ADB loan, topped up with $12 million from the Washington-based Global Environment Facility, part of the World Bank, the remaining money is to be provided by involved Chinese provincial power companies or loaned by Chinese banks. The delayed feasibility study for the last of the trio of projects, to be located at Dabancheng in the central Asian region of Xinjiang, is being considered by the State Development Planning Commission. "There should be no problem with its approval and the delay was caused by the absence of a supporting document," according to a senior official with SPC. China is committed to significantly increasing the proportion of renewable energy in its total energy supplies. The current wind power installed capacity adds up to about 340 MW, 0.1% of the country's total generating capacity.
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