The agreement also covers “technological innovation, wider cooperation, deeper all-round strategic cooperation in offshore wind, new strategic alliance for offshore wind development”, Ming Yang said.
Its deputy general manager Zhang Jian added: “The cooperation framework agreement will be implemented in the next few years through joint development in the offshore wind energy sector in China, as well as the overseas market.
“CTG has been our key client for the past few years. This agreement will allow us to leverage the strength of each party to maximise the potential benefits derived from worldwide renewable energy development.”
Most of China Three Gorges’ 5.5GW operational wind power capacity — onshore and offshore — is in China (5.1GW), but it also has projects in Pakistan (99MW), Brazil (99MW) and Germany (288MW), according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.
It has also looked at expanding beyond its home market through an unsuccessful bid to buy a controlling share Portuguese energy company EDP, which owns major wind developer EDPR.
Ming Yang, meanwhile, installed the seventh most capacity worldwide in 2018 (2.6GW), according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), and was the third most prolific Chinese OEM that year, behind Goldwind and Envision.
Its first order of 2020 was for 47 of its MySE 6.5MW turbines with rotor diameters of 180 metres for CTG’s 300MW Yangjiang Xishapa phase-5 project off the coast of Guangdong.