Plans for 1000 MW of new wind capacity in province of Gansu

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Wind development in the northwest China province of Gansu -- currently home to one 52.2 MW wind farm -- is set to rise significantly, with plans for over 1000 MW of new capacity revealed in recent months. The provincial government is planning to build a CNY 8 billion ($986.5 million), 1000 MW wind power production base, although a site for the facility is yet to be chosen. Few details have been made available, but the government says the project will boost the local economy, ease power shortages in eastern and western areas, and fulfil its aim to explore the development of new and clean energy. While the project is seen as a long term development which "will take years to deliver," other plans for 150-200 MW to come online within the next few years are progressing. The deadline for bids to develop a 100 MW project in Anxi, which lies to the northwest of the province, expires at the end of this month. It is one of the three wind projects offered for up for public tender this year by the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC), the others being the 200 MW Dongtai Wind Farm in Jiangsu and the 150 MW Jimo Wind Farm in Shandong. Meanwhile a 49 MW wind farm is to be developed by state company China Datang Corporation (CDC) in Diwopu near Yumen, a small city about 180 kilometres southeast of Anxi. The Diwopu wind farm will cost CNY 480 million ($59.1 million) and will consist of 49-58 turbines. It is due to be commissioned in June 2006. The province's existing 52.2 MW Yumen wind farm, owned by the Gansu Jieyuan Wind Power Company (GJWP), is also due to be expanded by 11.9 MW by the end of this year, bringing it up to 64.1 MW. GJWP hopes to expand it further to 100 MW in total by the end of 2006.

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