China coal company floats 1000 MW proposal

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China's biggest coal company, the state-owned Shenhua Group, announced last month that it plans to build a 1000 MW offshore wind power plant near the port of Huanghua in northern China's Hebei province at the Bohai Sea. The first CNY 500 million 50 MW phase, however, will likely be erected on land, not far from an existing 1200 MW coal-fired plant. Total investment is estimated at CNY 9 billion. The probable financier is the Guohua Energy Investment Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shenhua Group which is involved in other on-going wind farm projects in north China's Zhangjiakou and west China's Xinjiang provinces. According to the Huanghua port authorities, the offshore conditions in the area are good for wind power development. Water depth ranges from five to eight metres within 20 kilometres of the coastline.

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