Two Chinese energy companies place orders for nearly 200 MW of wind turbines

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Two Chinese wind project developers have placed orders with Vestas for a total of 220, 850 kW turbines, or 187 MW of wind plant capacity. The biggest of the two orders, from Datang Chifeng Saihanba Wind Power, is for 152 units. Datang says these may be used to expand the Saihanba wind farm in Inner Mongolia's Chifeng, to bring the power plant up to a capacity of 268.6 MW. Vestas also supplied the 164, 850 kW units currently running at Saihanba (Windpower Monthly, May 2006). Alternatively, the latest batch of machines may be used in separate projects planned by Datang, says the a company spokesman. He declines to reveal the details of these. The second order is for Vestas to supply 68 turbines to Yilan Longyuan Wind Power for the Yilan wind farm in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province. Both orders are for supply and commissioning of the turbines. Delivery of the machines will begin in this autumn with commissioning scheduled for the end of 2007 and the start 2008, says Vestas. While the orders come from state owned companies which are among the big five in China's electric power sector, both were developed outside the central government's program of concession contracts for large wind plant. Concessions for the projects were instead granted by regional government. Projects under 50 MW require only local authority approval.

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