South Chinese province to build offshore wind farm

This has been reported by the state news agency Xinhua, referring to an announcement made by the electricity supply utility Guangdong Electric Power Development Co. Ltd.
The 198 MW farm should be completed and connected to the grid in 2014 and is the first offshore wind energy project in the province. It will be built in the Guishan waters off Zhuhai city. The farm will be constructed with a total investment of US$ 705 million, mainly from China Southern Power Grid Comprehensive Energy Co. Ltd. and Guangdong Electric Power Development.

Shi Lei, Chief Engineer of the Guangdong Provincial Electric Power Design and Research Institute, said the Guishan sea area may host a wind farm of up to 250 MW, with a favourable wind speed averaging 7-8 metres per second. Guangdong boasts 75 GW of exploitable offshore wind energy resources in sea areas 30-50 metres deep. According to the provincial offshore wind power development plan, Guangdong expects to start constructing three to four offshore wind farms, each of around 1 GW, in 2015.

Offshore wind development is still in the early stages in China due to complex operating environments for offshore turbines, high technological requirements and construction difficulties. Nevertheless, China has been pushing its offshore wind sector forward. The country will expand its installed offshore wind power capacity to 30 GW by 2020, according to the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association.

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