Facilities - Major construction plant for east China

CHINA: Manufacturer Shanghai Electric has begun the construction of a Dongtai-based turbine plant, which will produce wind turbines for land-based and offshore wind farms.

The factory will be in Dongtai, in eastern China's Jiangsu Province. It is to be located next to a new offshore wind farm, which is set to be China's largest offshore wind farm in terms of installed capacity in a single development.

The first phase of the factory, to be completed in August this year, will have the capacity to produce 700 to 800MW of turbines annually. It is expected to produce over 50 sets of 2MW turbines this year. In 2011, it will produce more than 100 sets of 2MW turbines and a small number of 3.6MW turbines for offshore wind farms.

The new offshore wind farm, the 300MW third phase of Guohua Wind Power's wind farm, will dwarf China's only other major offshore plant, the 100MW Shanghai East Sea Bridge wind farm.

It is to be located to the east of the Dongsha Island of Dongtai, and will cover about 150 square kilometres. Guohua, a subsidiary of Shenhua Group Corporation, has kicked off the early development and approval process for the third stage of Dongtai. With a total investment of CNY6.6 billion ($967 million), the project is scheduled to have 84 sets of 3.6MW turbines supplied by Shanghai Electric.

Guohua president Gui Kai says his company is preparing for the fourth stage of Dongtai, another offshore project of the same size and value as the third, which will be in an area bordering Dongtai and Nantong City.

Gui says Dongtai is expected to have 1GW total installed capacity in place by 2016, both land-based in inter-tidal zones and offshore.

Construction on the 200MW second stage of Guohua's Dongtai is under way. Based in the inter-tidal zones of Dongtai, it will comprise 100 sets of 2MW Dongfang Electric turbines. It was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission in January and is expected to be complete by the end of 2011.

Construction on the 200MW first phase began in 2006 and all 134 sets of 1.5MW turbines have since been connected to the local power grids.

Dongtai is in the central part of the coastal Jiangsu province. With 85 kilometres of coastline, the area has an estimated potential capacity of 4GW of wind development offshore and in areas covered by sea water when the tide comes in, known as intertidal zones.

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