Biggest turbine and factory in China -- A-Power scales up

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China's A-Power Energy Generation Systems will this month start producing the first ten of a 2.7 MW version of the Fuhrländer 2.5 MW turbine it has made under licence from the German company since 2007. Fuhrländer is supplying the components for the 2.7 MW version, which will replace the smaller unit under the licence agreement. It will be China's largest commercialised onshore turbine to date.

The machines are being produced at A-Power's recently completed wind turbine production facility in Shenyang, which has a manufacturing capacity of 1.1 GW a year, or 300, 2.7 MW turbines and 420, 750 kW units. A-Power produces its 750 kW machine under a licence agreement with Danish Norwin.

A-Power says five of the ten assembled 2.7 MW turbines will be re-exported to Fuhrländer and the rest will go to China National Automation Control System Corporation (CACS) before the end of 2008. The turbines for CACS, a subsidiary of China National Machinery & Equipment Group, will be used for its projects in Gansu province and Inner Mongolia. A-Power hopes to announce further contracts in the next few months. It says it has letter of intent signed in the first part of the year for 375 turbines. "In addition, we are in discussions with a number of new potential buyers," says the company's Jinxiang Lu.

Fuhrländer's technical staff will help assemble the first 100, 2.7 MW units alongside A-Power's staff in Shenyang. Jinxiang claims that A-Power's wind turbine factory, completed in June, is the largest in China. "Over the last nine months we worked very closely with Fuhrländer AG and Norwin A/S and invested a tremendous amount of time and effort identifying sources of key components for all of A-Power's wind turbines." The specification changes have no impact on the availability of components, says the firm, but allows it to claim exemption from import duties for the 2.7 MW wind turbine components, "improving its overall cost structure and enhancing its competitive position both in China and internationally."

A-Power expects to have produced around 50 of the 2.5 MW in 2008 and is aiming to make at least 100 of the 2.7 MW unit and 300, 750 kW turbines in 2009. A second wind turbine production facility should be ready in Inner Mongolia in mid-2009. The Shenyang and Inner Mongolia facilities are due to be operating at full capacity in 2010, it adds, with a total output of 1.8 GW, which it translates into sales revenue of over $2 billion.

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