CPIC begins construction in Guilin

China Power Investment Corporation (CPIC) says it will start construction soon on the 49.5 MW Jinzishan wind farm in Ziyuan County, Guilin, located in the Guangxi autonomous region. The company, one of China's five large, state-owned generators, hopes the work will take about a year to complete, with a view to full operation beginning before the end of 2009. The CNY 600 million ($87.9 million) project will use 33, 1.5 MW turbines, it says. CPIC hopes to extend the Ziyuan project at a later date by another 49.5 MW. The company is also building a 300 MW wind farm in Tuoshan, near Dalian in the north-eastern province of Liaoning. The 49.5 MW first phase, already under way, is due online by December 2009. To date, the company has 100.5 MW of wind plant installed in China.