Vestas picked to supply Inner Mongolia project

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Danish turbine supplier Vestas has won an order to supply 197.2 MW for four wind projects in Inner Mongolia being developed by China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power Company Limited, a subsidiary of the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGNPC). The 232, 850 kW machines will be made at Vestas' production facilities in Tianjin, China. Delivery of the first units will start in the middle of this year with all projects expected to be completed in 2009. "We are very pleased that China Guangdong Nuclear Wind Power Co Ltd, which is one of the leading companies within wind power in China, has chosen Vestas as one of their major suppliers," says Thorbjørn N Rasmussen, Vestas. The Chinese nuclear giant, one of two leading state-owned nuclear power generators in China, established a wind division a year ago and is aiming to install 1500 MW of wind capacity by 2010 and 7000 MW by 2020. To date it has only commissioned one wind project, the 49.5 MW Dalanzi wind farm in Da'an city in Jilin province, northeast China. The plant, which comprises 33, 1.5 MW turbines supplied by Dongfang Steam Turbine Company, was commissioned in late December. At the same time, a second 49.5 MW phase kicked off construction and is due for commissioning in June. In all, the Da'an project is to eventually total around 200 MW. CGNPC has also signed a framework agreement with Jilin's provincial government to build further clean energy projects, including wind, in the future. "The group will intensify co-operation with relevant departments of Jilin government and conduct wind projects with speed and quality," says CGNPC's general manager, He Yu. CGNPC says it has signed agreements with local governments in Jilin for wind projects totalling over 2800 MW, with preliminary work underway on select sites in Tongyu, Zhenlai, Taonan, and Nong'an.

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