International firm IW Power, a joint venture between UK developer Wind Prospect, US investor Tang Industries and Chinese power contractor Insigma, is developing 600 MW in two provinces in China, with the first 100 MW to be online next year. The company announced last month that it has exclusive rights to develop 400 MW of wind in Jilin Province in the north-east and a further 200 MW in Liaoning Province. In Jilin, which has a population of 30 million, IW Power expects to secure planning approval soon for the first 50 MW wind farm in Qian'an county, a predominantly flat landscape with steady winds, two hours west of Changchun. The wind farm is planned for completion in 2008. A substation to take power to the grid is already under construction. IW Power's Michael Tang says: "We are embarking on our first major wind farm development in the Chinese market and hope that the first 50 MW wind farm in Qian'an will be the beginning of an enduring relationship with the Jilin Province. We will supply international standard wind energy developments which will maximize the clean power generated by each wind farm." In Liaoning, the 200 MW of wind farms are to be built in Dalian city's Changxing Island Harbour Industrial Zone, the centre of north-east China's economic boom. The capacity will be built in a series of 50 MW wind farms. Planning consent for the first 50 MW phase is expected before the end of the year, with construction completed in 2008.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol