Hubei province project moves ahead

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China's Qiyueshan wind farm project in central Hubei province, listed as one of the country's ten largest, appears to be moving ahead after 12 years in the pipeline. Li Changcai of developer Hubei Energy Group (HEG) says that if the next stage of paperwork goes smoothly, the company expects to begin construction late next month and put the wind farm into operation in August 2010. Potential capacity for the Qiyueshan wind farm, near Lichuan City, is 500 MW. Li says HEG will invest CNY 546 million ($80 million) in the project's first stage installation of 58, 850 kW turbines. No supplier has yet been decided, but all turbines will be domestically manufactured and purchased through public bidding, according to the Hubei Provincial Development and Reform Committee. A decision was expected in late April. Some 1 MW or 1.5 MW models may be used, it says.

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