Welwind International Energy, recently acquired by Canadian holding company Vitasti, has completed a land lease agreement to develop a 600 MW wind farm at Zhanjiang in the province Guangdong in south China. The lease was issued by Zhanjiang's oceans and fishery department which agreed to the coastal development, says Vitasti's Shannon de Delley. Welwind will start with a 50 MW first phase. Site work for a demonstration turbine is due to start in August. Welwind is also conducting wind assessments at other sites in China to meet its plan to develop over 1000 MW. It already has a wind development agreement with the authorities in Yangxi, also in Guangdong, which should see it hit the 1000 MW mark, although a land lease agreement is yet to be completed. Both Guangdong contracts are backed by 50 year power purchase agreements, says Vitasti. China Machine International Building Corporation is providing engineering, procurement and construction services for the projects along with performance bonds.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol