Dutch imports add 29.5 MW

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Orders for wind turbines from the Netherlands will add 29.5 MW to installed wind power capacity in China this year. Dutch wind turbine manufacturer NedWind has announced provisional export orders totalling NLG 47 million for equipping two wind farms in China with the company's latest three blade, 500 kW turbines. The Rhenen-based company will be exporting 51 turbines to a wind farm on a mountainous site in Xinjiang Province to be operated by the Xinjiang Electric Power Bureau, and a further eight units to a plant in the Province of Inner Mongolia operated by the Electric Supply Bureau, Chifeng. The orders will be effected as and when export grants from the Dutch government are approved from its MILIEV programme. Under MILIEV, partial payment is provided for investment projects with a positive environmental effect where a Dutch company initiates and supplies a development project in selected developing countries. NedWind is confident that the Chinese projects will qualify for aid under this programme and that construction work will have begun by the second half of 1998. The Chinese wind farms will be equipped with the latest in NedWind's 500 kW series, the NW46/3/500. A two speed prototype of this unit was recently installed at the testing site of the Dutch Energy Research foundation (ECN). Annual output of the prototype is expected to be around 1.5 million kWh at an average wind speed of 6.5 m/s at 30 m. The China units will have a hub height of 46 m and rotor diameter of 46.1 m and reach nominal capacity at a wind speed of 14 m/s. The large rotor size makes this model well suited for inland sites, the company says.

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