An invitation to tender for development of a 100 MW offshore wind farm off the eastern tip of the Shanghai coast is underway, says Li Xin of the Shanghai municipal government's Development and Reform Commission (DRC). Shanghai is currently a wind power laggard in China, with just three small projects of about 25 MW each so far, but the municipal government is aiming for 300 MW by 2010, enough to meet 2% of the region's electricity demand. Following a feasibility study by the Shanghai Investigation Design & Research Institute, the government has decided to locate the 100 MW wind farm close to the northern end of the 31 kilometre East Sea Bridge, which connects the country's largest shipping terminal with its largest city. The project will comprise 20, 4 MW (or larger) machines to be supplied by a foreign company -- the largest domestic turbine currently available is just 1.5 MW. The turbines will have to be able to withstand extremely strong winds as Shanghai is hit by devastating typhoons several times a year. The wind plant is scheduled for completion in three years. Another offshore project of similar scale is reportedly being planned for a separate location in Shanghai. The most likely site is around the area of Fegnxian in Hangzhou Bay, close to the first plant.
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