The State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), one of the top five power generators in China, is making swift progress in raising its planned 800 MW wind power farm off the coast of eastern China's Yancheng, Jiangsu province, China Daily reported on April 13.
Once completed, the farm will eclipse the 630 MW London Array as the world's largest offshore wind farm. It is set to enter full operation in 2018.
Maturing technology and increasing competition have helped to reduce costs, making offshore power increasingly competitive. The push to expand offshore has been driven by the fact that many major economic hubs in China are located near the coast, analysts said.
The construction of Yancheng project will occur in three phases. The first 100 MW installed capacity consists of twenty-five 4 MW Siemens turbines. By March 2017, this portion of the project had generated 190 GWh of electricity.
The second phase of construction is currently underway, set to boost installed capacity by another 400 MW by October 2017 using 100 wind turbines.
The third phase of the project will start in the second half of 2017, and is expected to complete in 2018. Wind turbines with capacity of 300 MW will be erected in the water at a depth of 18 meters, 36 kilometers from the shore.
SPIC is a global green energy provider with a total installed capacity of 117 GW. It is engaged mainly in coal, aluminum, logistics, finance, environmental protection and advanced technology industries.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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