Massive Growth in China’s Offshore Wind Power planned by 2020

According to China’s National Energy Administration, the country will increase its offshore wind farm installed capacity to 5 GW in the next five years and create a complete technology and industrial chain to service the growing wind turbine sector.

A renewable energy strategy in the nation’s 12th Five-Year Plan indicates China’s offshore sector is about to enter “a phase of large-scale development” and is estimated to reach 30 GW in 2020. Although China overtook the US last year as the nation with the most installed wind farm capacity, reaching 43 GW in total, almost all of that was generated from its onshore sector.

The National Energy Bureau (NEB) will launch preparation work for the second public bidding on offshore wind power concession projects in the second half year of 2011 and is scheduled to complete the bidding in the first half year of 2012. The total construction scale will be between 1.5 GW and 2 GW. China’s first offshore project, the East Sea Bridge Offshore Wind Farm, having a capacity of 102 MW, started operating in June 2010. It comprises 34 units of 3-MW Sinovel turbines.

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