Danish wind turbine supplier Vestas has been granted a license for its first blade factory in China. The facility will cost around EUR 25 million ($4.04 million) and be located in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) bordering the Bohai Sea, to the east of the Asia-Europe trans-continental railway. It is seen as a key portal to large cities like Beijing and Tianjin. "This location offers good access opportunities to port, rail, and major roads of China and is therefore well suited for Vestas' strategy for the region," says Ole Borup Jakobsen of Vestas Blades A/S. When completed, the manufacturing facility will employ 240 people. Vestas expects the factory to start delivery of blades for the V80 2 MW wind turbine during the first half of 2006. At full capacity, the factory will produce around 600 blades a year. Welcoming the investment by Vestas, TEDA's Li Yong says: "Vestas' wind technology will provide powerful support for improvement of China's power supply and development of clean energy."
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