Guohua Energy plans 1GW wind farm in Jiangsu

China’s biggest coal producer plans the nation’s largest wind power plant, a 200MW wind farm in Dongtai City, Jiangsu Province, on China’s east coast according to the Shanghai Daily.

Guohua Energy Investment Corp, a subsidiary of coal giant Shenhua Group, will build the plant at a cost of RMB1.7 billion (US$210 million); the company aims to expand the capacity to 1GW in the next 10 to 15 years, the newspaper reported.

Last month, Guohua Energy announced a RMB1.8 billion 48.75MW plant to be built at Rongcheng City in China’s east coast Shandong Province, to be built by Australian/Hong Kong joint venture Roaring 40s technology. Roaring 40s is jointly owned by Hydro Tasmania and Hong Kong utility CLP Holdings.

China is intending to increase its wind power capacity from the current level of 1.3GW to 5GW by 2010, according to the China Electricity Council.

But 2004 figures showed installed wind power from China’s 43 wind farms was less than 1% of total national electricity production.

According to previously announced Chinese studies, the nation has the potential to tap over 1,000GW of wind power resources, of which a quarter is land based and the rest offshore.

On July 3, Hongkong Electric announced its intention to build a 100MW offshore wind plant in Hong Kong’s waters – that project is at the feasibility study stage.

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