Sinovel vice president Chen Danghui said the company's offshore turbines continue to operate. However, he also signalled a warning for turbine manufacturers looking to enter the market.
Chen said Sinovel had invested heavily in offshore and has won around 900MW in offshore projects in recent years. These include a 102MW pilot project in Shanghai using its 6MW turbine and a variety of commercial projects that have struggled to get off the ground.
According to Chen, the slow progress of the offshore projects has meant a lot of offshore turbines have been left in warehouses. He said both developers and manufacturer should be very cautious in offshore.
A 5MW prototype was installed on the SDB phase-2 site, Chen said. The machine is operating with an availability rate exceeding 99% and actual annual production close to 3,000 hours.
Additionally a Sinovel 6MW prototype has reportedly been installed at a site in Sheyang County in east China's Jiangsu province. The 128-metre rotor wind turbine was independently developed for various site conditions, including onshore, offshore and intertidal.