Three wind farms planned for Eastern Fujian

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Fujian Electric Power (FJEP) has confirmed a CNY 1.55 billion ($190 million) plan to develop three wind farms in Eastern Fujian -- one on the Jiang'ao Island of Pingtan and one each in the coastal towns of Shicheng, Putian, and Shijing Nan'an. The size of the projects is still not known and no dates have been set for construction, but talks with overseas suppliers have begun, says a spokesman for the FJEP, the province's leading electricity company. Situated on the north western side of the Taiwan Straits, Fujian has a 3051 kilometre coastline. Onshore wind power potential is estimated at over 10,000 MW while the offshore potential would be three to four times that. To date, the province, which is heavily reliant on coal and hydropower, has just 13 MW of installed wind capacity, accounting for just 0.12% of its total power capacity and 3.8% of China's entire wind power generation. But Fujian has set a target for 200 MW of wind power by the end of 2005, 1000 MW by 2010, and between 1500-2000 MW by 2020, which would account for about 6% of the province's total power supply.

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