The 50MW project is the first stage of a 150MW pilot inter-tidal wind power project that Longyuan started to develop in Rudong in June this year.
The project uses 21 Siemens SWT-2.3 101 turbines.
To date, China’s offshore capacity remains a tiny proportion of its total installed wind-power capacity. This is set to increase as contracts to construct 1GW of offshore and inter-tidal concession projects were awarded last year.
China is planning a major offshore development push. In June, the National Energy Bureau (NEB) announced plans to construct 5GW of offshore wind projects by 2015.
According to the NEB, by 2015 China will enter into scaled development of offshore wind power and its technologies, and by 2020 will construct 30GW offshore projects, becoming the largest country for offshore wind-power development.
This compares with Europe and the US plans to have 44GW and 10GW in offshore projects by 2020 respectively.