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China to back wind industry with new policies

CHINA: The Chinese government is working on a series of policies designed to support the country’s large-scale wind manufacturers and developers.

The Shanghai East Sea Bridge offshore project. China is set to priortise its offshore development
The Shanghai East Sea Bridge offshore project. China is set to priortise its offshore development

According to sources at the Ministry of Science and Technology, the policies will be unveiled at the annual meeting of China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, in March.

In China’s five-year economic plan for 2011 to 2015, the government has already set out its intention of prioritising the development of 3MW to 5MW onshore and 5MW to 10MW offshore wind turbines.

During the same period, the National Energy Bureau has said it will complete five 10GW-wind projects. It will also begin to construct the 2GW wind farms in Hami of Xinjiang, 2GW wind farms in Kailu of Inner Mongolia, and 1.5GW wind farms in Tongyu of Liaoning Province.

China will start to construct the 1GW offshore wind farms in Jiangsu, and push ahead with the  development of offshore wind farms in Hebei, Shandong, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.

It will also complete the second phase of Shanghai East Sea Bridge Offshore Wind Farm.

This means, industry officials said, China will gradually move away from relying solely on onshore wind farms.

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