China plans two more 10GW+ wind projects

CHINA: China is to construct 10GW-level wind power bases in Heilongjiang and Shanxi provinces, according to the research institute for the State Grid Corporation of China.

This will increase the number of 10GW-level wind-power bases from eight to 10 in China.

Heilongjiang, northeast China, will have 31.48GW total installed capacity. The wind farms will be based in Daqing city, Dumeng county, Lindian county, and Fuyu county, west Heilongjiang; and Yilan county, Huanan county, and Fangzhen county, east Heilongjiang. There is no timetable in place for the development of the projects.

The wind-power base in Shanxi province, north China, will amount to 12GW. It will be constructed in the 12th Five-year Plan period (2011-2015). The wind farms will mainly be located in Datong and Suzhou cities.

So far, China has launched eight 10GW-level wind power bases, which are located in Gansu’s Jiuquan, Xinjiang’s Hami, Hebei, Jilin, eastern Inner Mongolia, western Mongolia, Jiangsu, and Shandong provinces.

By the end of June this year, China had 166 medium and large wind farms which are over 100MW separately.

China Electricity Council said China increased its grid-connected wind capacity to 39.13GW as of the end of October, a net rise of 14.81GW (60.9%) over the same period in 2010.

According to China’s 12th Five-year Plan, China will have 150GW wind installed capacity by the end of 2015.