Keen bidding for 24 MW

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The deadline for bidders to supply wind turbines to the 24 MW Phase-I of the Fujin wind farm project in northeast China's Heilongjiang province has passed. Sources say a number of international companies expressed interest in the project, including the world's top four wind turbine suppliers. Turbines ranging from 600 kW to 850 kW in size are favoured, although those with a capacity 6% more or less are also being considered. The winning bidder will be announced in September, with the wind farm scheduled to become fully operational in 12 months. Its annual electricity output is expected to be around 50 million kWh. The CNY 200 million project was first announced in the late 1990s and was listed in China's 10th Five-year Plan period (2001-2005). The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a loan of $11.28 million for its development -- about 50% of the project cost. The developer is Heilongjiang-based Huafu Wind Power Group. Its subsidiary, Huafu Wind Power Fujin Company (HWFC), will operate the plant. The second phase of the project is likely to add a further 25-30 MW, says HWFC's Gao Xingjian. Construction of Heilongjiang's first wind project, the 12 MW Mulan Wind Farm, began in March, again by the Huafu Group. It was financed entirely by domestic sources. Heilongjiang says it is committed to building itself into an "ecology-friendly province." In the high latitude region at the north-eastern tip of China, Heilongjiang is rich in wind, with the third best provincial resources in China. Annual wind speeds at the Fujin site average 8.85 m/s at a height of 40 metres. ADB experts believed the exploitable wind resources on the region's Sanjiang Plain is at least 500 MW.

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