Fujian Datang International Wind Power Development Co. Ltd. will invest CHY 6 billion ($952m) to construct a 300MW offshore wind farm in Liu’ao, southeast China’s Fujian province. The subsidiary of Datang Corporation announced on Wednesday that it had completed mapping out plans for the Liu’ao project.
The offshore wind farm will be located in Taiwan Strait, to the southeast of Liu’ao Peninsula. It is listed in the offshore wind development programme of Fujian province, which divides the sea area into four quarters - each to host 1-1.5GW projects worth CHY 20-30bn.
Fujian Datang has invested CHY 30m on a feasibility report for the first-stage 300MW test project. It has submitted the feasibility report to the National Energy Bureau for examination and approval.
Fujian Datang plans to use 3-5MW turbines. Construction of the 300MW project, once it receives approval, will take 38-40 months.
Fujian offshore areas boast rich wind resources because of the funnelling effect of the Taiwan Strait. The Liu'ao project is estimated to generate 0.6-0.73 terawatt hours of electricity annually.
The ocean floor topographic survey shows the seabed is largely flat, which is favourable to the construction of turbine foundations and the laying out of submarine cables. Sea depths are 10-30m. The exploitable sea area amounts to 90km2, with the farthest point being 12km off the coast. Development of up to 800MW offshore wind is possible.
Stretching farther to the direction of the Gulei Peninsula, the exploitable offshore wind site may be 300km2 and accommodate 3GW in installations.
The Liu’ao offshore wind farm enjoys good onshore supporting facilities, due to an existing 101.6MW onshore wind farm. No conflicts with other sea users are expected, which should avoid the delays experienced by the first four offshore concession projects in east China’s Jiangsu province.
Fujian Datang was set up in August 2009 to develop wind farms in Fujian province. It has four offices devoted to offshore wind projects: Liu’ao, Changle and Pingtan in Fujian province, and Shanghai city.