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China’s first offshore wind farm set for 100 MW expansion

Chinese firm to invest USD 300m in offshore wind project to start construction next year

The expansion is set to be a major boost for offshore wind power in China
The expansion is set to be a major boost for offshore wind power in China

Plans are underway to expand China’s first offshore wind farm. Chinese firm Shanghai Donghai Wind Power Co, which has developed the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farm, will invest around USD 300m in a 100 MW offshore facility next year, according to reports.

The project is the second phase of the East China Sea Bridge facility and will use turbines from Shanghai Electric Group Co, said Vice General Manager Zhang Kaihua, Bloomberg reported.

“We’re waiting for governmental approval and expect to start construction in the first quarter,” Zhang said.

Shanghai Electric will provide 26 wind turbines, each with 3.6 MW of capacity. They will cost 4,790 yuan a kilowatt to the project. Shanghai Donghai started operating a 102 MW project near the East China Sea Bridge in 2010.

China aims to develop 5GW of offshore wind farms by 2015, spurring proposals from developers from China Longyuan Power Group to China Datang. Renewable Power Co. Longyuan plans to build 1 GW of offshore wind farms by 2015.