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Datang gets 1 GW green light

The Chinese government has given the go-ahead for Datang Jilin Power Generation's 1 GW Xiangyang Wind Farm project near Taonan City in the north-east province of Jilin. The project is divided into three phases: Phase I at 400 MW, scheduled for completion in 2010; Phase II (400 MW); and Phase III (200 MW). In Phase I, Datang will install 267, 1.5 MW wind turbines costing CNY 4.47 billion ($654.5 million). Initial preparations and construction already began in May. Datang Jilin Power Generation is a joint venture between China Datang Corporation and Australian renewables company Roaring 40s, a subsidiary of Hydro Tasmania. Datang has a 51% stake in the joint venture. The Chinese-Danish wind energy development program is also offering support. Turbines are being supplied by Guangdong Mingyang Electric Group, which has established a manufacturing base in Jilin. The company says the first phase of its factory can produce 300, 1.5 MW wind turbines annually. It rolled out its first commercial unit in December.

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